A Dripping Faucet
I was sitting in my room, and the house was quiet. Jim was in his office working, and I was using that time to be in the Word, and pray. And then I heard it…a dripping faucet. I wondered how long it had been doing that. Had I just not noticed it until now? But once I did, there it was…drip, drip, drip, drip. It couldn’t be ignored. I tried to shut it off. It didn’t work. And then, as God does, He had a lesson in it for me. He likened that drip to the pull of sin in our lives …the little distractions that come when we are trying to be with God and build a relationship with our Savior. At first we might not notice them, they are slight. But they build over time. We usually think of sin as a big thing—things that take us away from what we should be focused on in this life. But what about the very little, almost non-existent things that vie for our attention? The drip in my faucet was so small, but it pulled at my attention, and it became irritating.
What is wearing on us in life, little by little, until it becomes so huge we are drowning in it? I know food will do that to me. It’s just a little extra with this meal, a little extra with that one, until before I know it I’ve gained unwanted weight. And it’s so much harder to eat just a little bit less with this meal, and then a little bit less with that one… Going up in weight is so much easier than coming down. Sin will act very much the same way. Pretty soon the little drips add up, and we’re waist deep in our troubles wondering how we got there. What if stopping sin was as easy as shutting off a dripping faucet? But it isn’t, because our “faucet” is broken. We live in a fallen world. We are all broken people. We all need a Savior to rescue us from the enticements that turn into little sins, so they don’t turn into bigger sins that end up ruining our lives. If we take notice of temptation at the first drip, and ask for Jesus’ help, then we won’t be dragged away by it.
Searching And Noticing the Divine today started with a dripping faucet, because it distracted me from searching and noticing the Divine during my quiet time. God wanted me to take notice and see how distracting even a small thing can be in pulling us away from our time/walk with God. These small things in life are common. Too often we get buried in them, until it seems there is no way out. But there always is! Let’s remember, God’s mercy is new every morning. The minute we say, “I’m done. Please forgive me,” God will. Yes, there may be consequences we have to deal with, but there is always forgiveness and healing with our Lord. Jesus said, “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.” When we realize the error of our ways, God is just waiting to hear our confession and forgive us for our sins. That’s why Jesus died and rose again. His grace is sufficient! He has conquered sin and death.
When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be
tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they
are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived,
it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
James 1:13-15 (NIV)