Stop the Leak!
I spend some time in Canada fishing with some friends. On the third day we went to a lake in which the only access was by a logger’s trail. We climbed in the four wheeler with our equipment and had the ride of our life. Finally we arrived. It was all carry in, and carry out except for the rowboat that was already at the lake.
Everything was going fine until we realized that there was water entering the boat. It was slow and gradual. By the first hour the water level was approaching an inch. By the second hour the boat now had two inches of water. The more water, the heavier the boat, and one of my friends didn’t have waterproof shoes. We discovered that the plug for the boat was not fully in place. We used our mini-coolers as buckets to bail out the water. The plug, however, after awhile gave way and started to let water into the boat again.
Even though we did well on the lake, there was that constant reminder, since you could hear the water lapping against the side of the boat. For some people, just bailing out the water every 15 minutes would suffice to prevent us from sinking into the lake. But the problem persisted and persisted. No matter how many times we bailed out the water, it would come back. We had a second problem that developed. Because of the excess weight, the battery that powered the motor died. The only paddle that we had was broken in half. So now we had two problems. We had to paddle back, and the water was coming into the boat.
In life, we don’t like to fix the problem, we instead deal with the symptoms of the problem by bailing out the water over and over again. When you have a headache, most people pop a pill to deal with the pain. However, they have not addressed the issue that causes the pain. If we fixed the leak, we would not have had to bail out the water. If we fixed the leak, the battery would not have died on us because of the extra weight issue. If we had fixed the leak, no one would have gotten their shoes and socks all wet.
I need you to know that we have a Friend who knows how to stop the leaks in our life. He deals with the real problems, not just with the symptoms that result from the problem. When speaking to the woman at the well, the young lady was only thinking of dealing with her symptoms. However Jesus was dealing with the sin problem in her life. “Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:13,14
Dealing with the problem is more difficult. It requires change. It requires commitment. It will take longer, but the effect will be lasting. How is your walk with God today? Do you pray that God will deal with the real issues, or just with the results of the problems that you are facing? Here is a passage from one of my favorite books
“Jesus did not convey the idea that merely one draft of the water of life would suffice the receiver. He who tastes of the love of Christ will continually long for more; but he seeks for nothing else. The riches, honors, and pleasures of the world do not attract him. The constant cry of his heart is, More of Thee. And He who reveals to the soul its necessity is waiting to satisfy its hunger and thirst. Every human resource and dependence will fail. The cisterns will be emptied, the pools become dry; but our Redeemer is an inexhaustible fountain. We may drink, and drink again, and ever find a fresh supply. He in whom Christ dwells has within himself the fountain of blessing, ‘ a well of water springing up into everlasting life.’ From this source he may draw strength and grace sufficient for all his needs.” Desire of Ages p. 187
As you walk with God daily, let Him ‘stop the leaks’ in your life, not just the symptoms.
Angel J. Rodriguez, D.Min
Houston Central - Senior Pastor