Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Cover up!

Everything hidden will be revealed!
The other day, I was going through my daily routine of getting ready (to me the hardest part of the day). As I was showering, I put my foot on the tile ledge to shave my leg and noticed a bottle of shampoo move. Hummmm, wonder how that happened. So, I began to watch and every time I would move my foot, the bottle moved. So, I began to investigate.
Sure enough... there was a tile loose. It just so happened (fortunately) that someone was coming to the house to do some work, so I mentioned it and he went and pulled up one tile that was loose. I went back in and was able to pick up 4 more "loose" tiles. So, we dug a little deeper and found quite a few that needed to be fixed.
What an ugly mess! No telling how long the tiles had allowed water to seep down. It was nasty and gross. It took quite a bit of work to clean it up and fix it. First the tiles had to be removed and cleaned, then the rotten wood had to be removed and replaced. Then the tiles had to be refitted, glued and new grout. Then, I had to wait 24 hours before water could come in contact with it.
I began to think about my own life. How many things had I "hidden" or kept covered? Just things I did or didn't do. Not really anything major - I've long been free from the major - obvious sins in my life. It is the little small ones - the little cracks or tiny openings that open the door to rot and ruin in my life. The bad attitudes or unforgiveness and bitterness that had taken root.
I'm sure that this problem with the tile went unnoticed for years before it was uncovered. Ir was only a small hole in the grout that led to this. It could have been worse and it could have gone on for much longer. If left alone and not dealt with, it could have rotted the wall and floor and one day I could have been in the tub and landed on the ground beneath!
The Bible says that if our hearts condemn us it is sin. It is easy to ignore that small voice inside telling us that we are stepping out of line and opening the door to destruction. If left unchecked those open doors will allow rot and filth and disease to take root and grow just like under that loose tile.
We can prevent much pain in our lives if we will pay attention, keep the holes plugged and the joints strong. We do this by staying current in our prayers and reading the Bible and spending time with God. He will show us where we have holes in our lives... He calls it sin. We need to deal with our "holes" quickly and not allow them to get bigger. He also promises that if we will confess our sins that He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and to cleanse us of all unrighteousness...
So, He will do all the work of repair for us - all we have to do is expose it and repent!
Like the nice man who fixed my tile, I exposed it and he repaired it. It looks better than ever before!
Our Father daily loads us with His benefits. One of them happens to be expose and repair jobs. What a blessing! We do not have to go through life with gross rot and ruin and disease hidden and growing only to one day wake up destroyed. We can let Him plug the holes and clean it out and fix it brand new!


The LaBouffs said...

I agree...it's the slow "rotting" that goes unnoticed and often does the worst damage! It would've been noticed if it were a huge hole! Thanks for making me think and for getting that shower fixed ;)

the finchers said...

the finchers said

I don't know about you but it is a lot easier to receive correction from someone whom I know loves me and our heavenly Father loves us perfectly.
Hebrews 12:11 says for the time no discipline brings joy, but afterwards it yields a peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it........HIS way is always the best way.........there is a way that seems right to man but the end there of is destruction.......may we all hear and be led by the HIS still small voice.


The fact that He's shown us that the big stuff has been dealt with is a praise. He does fulfill His word and He promises to perfect us until the Day of Chris.

The little stuff is insidious.


It is to His praise that the big stuff is gone. It is just proof that He is faithful to His Word--He perfects us until the Day of Christ Jesus.

He even takes care of this awfully insidious "little" junk. Good reminder!