By: Staci Stallings
I was reading “How People Change” by Timothy S. Lane and Paul Tripp the other day. In it there is a story about a hole. They call it the Gospel Gap. Basically, it’s that hole in everyone’s life that can only be filled by God.
However, they say (correctly) that we try to fill that hole with all kinds of other things that don’t fit and instead get stuck in there. As I read, I was reminded of another true story that happened in a town not far from where I live.
The reason I remember it is because my husband is a carpenter, and he works on schools. So when it happened, guess who they called.
Here’s how it went.
I live in the Panhandle of Texas and that year it was dry. I don’t mean drier than normal. I mean it was DRY! And windy.
Well, this school had a drain pipe at one end of the roof of the building. The roof was sloped slightly toward the pipe so that rainwater would drain down it. Great idea except they forgot one tiny detail–the wind.
It had been dry so long that the wind had carried all of the trash and tumbleweeds and junk over to that drainpipe where they lodged. Some went in the drainpipe, some stayed stacked against it.
Do you see where we’re going with this?
One day, over that particular school they got what my mom always called a “gully-washer.” In short, it rained several inches in one spot over the course of about an hour.
Following me, yet? Do you see the problem?
Here’s a question for you–what happened to that rainwater?
Clogged drainpipe. Lots of rain. Nowhere for the rain to go. It gets heavier and heavier until…
You got it:
The roof collapsed!
Which sent all that junk and all that water all over that part of the school. What a mess!
As I read this description of things that clog our God hole, I thought about this school. That’s what happens to us. We start filling that hole with things–material things, ministry things, money, social networks, whatever, and pretty soon, the God water can’t get through! In fact, many of us experience a “dryness” in our Christian walk when our God hole is being filled with other things. We can’t quite figure out why we don’t feel close to God. When water comes–either blessings or trials–it can’t drain out of us.
So it sits there and stagnates, and sometimes it actually collapses part of our life roof. Maybe we hit burn-out. Maybe our marriage hits the rocks. Maybe we end up with kids we don’t even know. Maybe we just feel our lives are one, freak thing away from completely collapsing.
The point is to start now to unclog that God hole. Pull out the weeds of anger, resentment, and discontent. Learn to forgive and to let go of control. Stop putting all of your faith in material things and money. As you do these things, replace their spot in your life with God.
Prayer. Church. Slowing down the craziness. Good Christian music. Quality time with your family. Putting God first.
Whatever you choose, get that thing unclogged before you have a REAL problem on your hands!