THE LONELY REPAIR MAN

Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory. [Psalm 50:15 (NLT)]

Sign painted on the side of a plumber’s truck: “We repair what your husband tried to fix!”

eastern gray squirrel - CSS6818webMy husband managed to track tar into the house on the bottom of his shoes. Unfortunately, he tracked it right onto the new bedroom carpet! I immediately got out a whole battery of chemicals and tried to clean it up. Needless to say, my efforts didn’t improve the situation; in fact, they only made it worse. In desperation, we did what we should have done in the first place: we got the name of a good carpet cleaner and called him. He spent as much time cleaning up the residue from my failed efforts as he did cleaning up the tar.

Have you ever tried a home repair only to end up in bigger trouble than when you started? Most of us simply don’t have the expertise for computer or appliance repair and few of us are licensed plumbers or electricians; unfortunately, many of us think we are! Furthermore, instead of getting help once we realize we’re in over our heads, we tend to muddle through, taking the situation from bad to worse. When we finally come to our senses and call in the experts, they not only have to fix the initial problem but also all the damage done in our failed attempts at repair.

It’s not just in our homes that we find things that need cleaning, mending, or repair. Often, there’s something in our lives that is faulty, damaged or broken. Even then, we tend to say, “I’ve got this!” when we truly don’t. It’s takes a fair amount of humility to finally admit that something in our life isn’t working and we just can’t fix it on our own. Before making things worse, however, we might want to think about calling on the number one life restorer: God. He truly is the answer to our prayers. While consulting His repair manual (the Bible) and several prayer sessions with him might be all we need, God also might steer us toward some expert earthly assistance.

Remember the old Maytag advertisements with the lonely repairman languishing in his office? Nobody ever called him. Maytag appliances may not need much fixing but our messed up lives surely do. As soon as we realize that we’ve got a problem with the way they’re functioning, let’s not hesitate; make that call to the expert before it gets any worse. God is heaven’s repairman; He is always there to rescue us. Just give Him a call!

I entrust my spirit into your hand. Rescue me, Lord, for you are a faithful God. [Psalm 31:5 (NLT)]

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