Our service was just about over. Then I heard a kind of rushing sound. I brushed it off, “probably just the air conditioner,” I thought. It makes loud noises sometimes. Something made me worry though, as my students were praying, a little girl comes up to me tells me, “Gabriel there is water coming out the wall!” I panicked! I ran to the scene, and nearly fell as water had already started to pour out into the hallway, a pipe had burst and was spewing water out like a flood. Only a couple of my leaders noticed what was happening and stopped what they were doing to give me a hand trying to stop the madness. Which we did…eventually…after struggling…very much. The water had already gotten into several rooms and messed up a lot of stuff. Now it was time to clean up the mess that had been made.
At first I was freaking out because of the damage, but then I saw a bright side. You see I struggle often at our church, because we have so little storage space. But the pipe bursting was one of the best things that could have happened. As soon as realized that, I was happy! The water messed up many things, most of it junk, and it could finally be thrown away! (I swear I had nothing to do with.) We even got rid of somethings we thought were good but turned out that were rusting and falling apart.
Then I realized that God often works with us in the same way. When we commit to give our lives to Him, He rushes in like water from a bursting pipe, and starts messing with things. Because He gets into everything, we can start to see the things in our lives that have no value or that need to be removed. Let’s face it, half the time we don’t even know what’s going on in our lives, but God does and He knows when we need to be cleaned up and what needs to be thrown out.
He doesn’t do it because he enjoys messing with us. God is not the little kid burning an ant hill with a magnifying glass. He does it because He is trying to make us better. It’s true that God loves us the way we are, but He loves us too much to leave us that way. Maybe its time to let God in and clean things up.
“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord…” 2 Corinthians 3:18