Monday, January 26, 2015

Plumbing Gone Awry

For over the 10 years I have lived in this 100 year old house with Charlie (it was his house for many years before that), we have had plumbing and pipe issues.  Every year ugly, smelly sewage water would back up in our basement at least once and we would have to call in the experts to ram out the pipe outside and clear us out.  But it was never a permanent solution  We had a pipe that joined with our neighbors and between our two families, any use of water that stressed the system meant we all felt the effects.

Finally it was time to fix this mess, permanently, we hoped.  Our neighbors had access to some real experts who came in, used sophisticated equipment to get a good look at the problem and told us not only did we have some terrible tree roots clogging things up but our pipe curved a lot thereby complicating the problem. We began to look at the cash register go "ca ching, ca ching" and wondered how we were going to manage all this.  (Plus we were already in the middle of having major work done on our house, front porch and garage.)

As I fought back the panic and realized worrying was a lack of trust in
the God Who gave us all things I also began to see another picture developing  Isn't this what it is like when we have sin in our lives and it is momentarily hidden from others?  Does sin not have a tendency to taint our lives even when we think it's buried?  Just like that dirty sewer water appearing in our basement, sin rears its ugly head when we least expect it.  Just like those tree roots that covertly continue to grow and damage our water drainage system, our sin, when allowed to take root, has the same effect.  So often we don't see the "sin damage" until after it has a hold on our lives.

For example: the grudge I may hold against a family member that no one knows about, festers and multiplies and one day bursts out in the form of a nasty argument or a harsh remark.  Or could it be played out by treating a spouse disrespectfully using sarcasm and cutting remarks...without coming back to apologize, asking for forgiveness.  Like those "hidden tree roots", the negative feelings multiply and take on a life of their own.  The walls between the "offended" and the "offender" get higher and one day they are almost impenetrable...when they could have been knocked down with a simple apology and a repentant heart.

So, back to the problem in our yard.  It's going to cost us a lot of money!  Our whole yard may have to be torn up and it's going to drain our savings.  Sin is like that...there is often a terrible consequence or cost...the damaging of a relationship or the loss of a good reputation.  Maybe it is jail time or a physical illness. Sin costs.

But the biggest cost of all was borne by our Savior, Jesus Christ, Who was tortured, mocked, and hung on a cross.  He paid a price we could not possibly manage.  When we make Jesus the Lord of our lives, it is His shed blood that gives us our "get out of jail fee" card.  We are forgiven, redeemed, given purpose and hope in this life and e  get to step into the arms of Jesus when we leave this life.  We could not possibly pay the price for our sin; there is not enough money or good deeds to pay for that ticket to heaven. But we have One Who says, "Come share my yoke for my burden is light"  We have a God Who loves us so much that while we were still sinners, He died for us.

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