A few days before my wife had to have surgery our hot water tank started to leak. It was a less than opportune time for this to happen, to say the least. We knew it would have to be replaced but it just wasn’t a good time to undertake that project. So, we “shored” it up to get us through a little while longer. Last week the leak became much worse and it couldn’t be put off any longer; it had to be replaced. Thankfully that extra time we waited didn’t turn into a total disaster with the tank rupturing and flooding our garage.
Sometimes we’re like a leaky old tub, or hot water heater, too. Our Lord places something before us, expecting us to do what He bids. But we make up excuses as to why to not do what we know we ought to for Him. We “leak” all over our lives and ourselves trying to “shore” up our excuses with more excuses, rationalizing it all out to the way we think it should be instead of being obedient and relying on the power of the Holy Spirit to guide us through that which God has set out for us to do.
How many messes of ruptured tanks does it take before we submit to Him? I know for myself it often takes many. And it shouldn’t if I, we, were totally trusting in Jesus. When Christ calls for us to follow him in an area, we ought to be like Peter and Andrew: Drop what we are doing and do what He wants.
18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
20 And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.