Lessons from Clogs


What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! (Romans 7:24-25, NIV).

I have a confession to make. When it comes to doing home maintenance I seem to be cursed. Aside from changing light bulbs, nothing is as easy as it seems. Case in point. Right now I have a clog in the kitchen sink. You would think this would be an easy fix. In fact just about every how to YouTube video I watched promised as much.

But let me tell you something, the set up under my sink looks absolutely nothing like it does in the videos and there does not appear to be space enough to unscrew the mutated trap I have. I am pretty sure that is where the clog is, but I am unable to get to it myself. No leaks, the water works fine, and from the outside the pipes look great, but hidden inside somewhere is a buildup of muck that I can’t see or get to. Ugh!

The only redeeming thing about this situation right now is that it reminds me of how much I need Jesus. Sometimes I find myself suffering with an unexpected spiritual clog. Do you ever feel that way? Even if we are careful about what we allow “down the drain” into our soul, things that we thought were nothing big can build up and cause all sorts of problems.

I hope I’m not the only one who has experienced this…

But where I am unable to solve the problem myself, Jesus can take care of it. Now that is not to say that He does all the work while I sit back and watch like I would with a plumber for my sink. That’s not how it works. But while there are things Jesus wants me to do with Him, He will do all the things that I cannot do, and in the end everything causing backups, hiccups, slow drains, and full blown clogs will end up being dissolved and washed away by His grace. And better yet, the bill for all that work has already been paid in full and fully guaranteed!

Now…if only plumbers were as readily available as Jesus…

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