Spiritual Holes & Muddy Water

There was a problem with a water line down our road this week. Evidently a pipe burst and had to be repaired. I felt sorry for the city workers out in freezing temperatures fixing the pipe. We were thankful for their work getting our water turned back on. Later that night I ran a bath for the kids. I turned on the water and returned in a few minutes. When I got back to the bathroom and looked at the water I was shocked. The bathtub was filled with brown water! I do not mean a little muddy. I mean thick brown mud where the water should have been. I did not see any reason in the boys taking a bath as they would just get dirtier getting into that water than they were before the bath! I drained the tub and rinsed out the inch of mud covering the bathtub. I turned the water on and let it run for almost an hour before it started running somewhat clear again. I’m scared to see my water bill next month, but I did not know another way to clean the lines. The break in the line was at the other end of the block, and every house downstream caught the flood of mud that made it into the lines during the repair. I joked with my neighbor later about the mud he sent our way! The muddy bathtub was a potent reminder to me as a pastor. A hole in my life, in my faith, in my walk with Christ can be detrimental to those I lead. I may believe that a choice that I make in my life only affects me, but my dirty bathtub this week reminded me of the danger that sin in my life can pose to others. That dirty water always flows downstream! First Corinthians 10:31-32 states, “…Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Do not cause anyone to stumble…even as I try to please everyone in every way. For I am not seeking my own good, but the good of many, so that they may be saved.” My prayer this week is that God would help me fill the holes in my faith so that the mud of sin never flows downstream to those I lead causing them to stumble. May the water of God’s Word flow through our lives so that what flows through us brings spiritual life and blessing to those downstream from our lives!

Daniel Harper