Have you ever noticed how the Lord uses intense circumstances – even those that aren’t things that we caused – to strengthen our faith and teach us lessons? It reminds me of a verse in one of my favorite Bible chapters, James 1. Verse 2-4 says, “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
So a couple of weeks ago, when our family experienced an unexpected, and somewhat uncomfortable, issue, I took note of three different lessons. The issue? ICK. A backed up sewage pipe. Yeah, I was prepared to move right out of the house and take up residence in my car. But the lessons kept me inside and taught me much.
1. Don’t procrastinate in basic maintenance.
The initial issue with our pipe is a root system from the live oaks in our front yard. We’ve had to regularly flush the system with root-kill to keep the feeders from penetrating our pipe. Our problem began when we ran out and delayed in picking up another supply.
But this has a deeper lesson, of course. Maintenance in anything is key, be it exercise, eating right, completing a long-term project, or building your faith.
Yeah, I said building your faith. Sunday visits to the Lords house are a wonderful practice, but a once-a-week chat with the Father or opening of His Word just isn’t enough if you’re serious about having a relationship with Him. And isn’t that what Christianity is? A relationship with the Creator Who adopted us into His family. I know folks refer to it as religion, but if you view it like that, give me a holler. I’ve got some good news for you!
Our familial relationship with our Father stems from His deep desire for us to know and love Him. I had an article about that not long ago on Jennifer Slattery’s blog. One of our main purposes in this life is to become companions with God. Not through rituals, but through conversations, just like we become friends with anyone else. We speak to Him in prayer – beyond simply asking for our wish list – and He speaks to us through his Word, sharing with us new revelations by His Spirit.
So maintaining that relationship is key.
You know the more I think about this experience, I think these three lessons should be separated, so I’ll stop here. But I have a song to share with you through the Youtube link below. Our God is a personal God. He adores (insert your name!)! We don’t follow a distant deity, forgetful and uninvolved. Our Father is intimately interested in our lives!
Your Turn: How have you witnessed God’s involvement in your life?