It was only Wednesday. A month of stress had been packed into a half a week. A time of contemplative reflection with some godly gals had been just what I needed. The tension in my neck finally relaxed—until I returned home and my daughter pointed to a puddle on the kitchen floor.
I frowned. “What were you doing at the sink?”
“Nothing. I just came downstairs and found it like this.”
I emptied the sink cabinet and discovered a swamp. Gray mold clung to the sagging floor in the back. A water expert assessed the damage with a small instrument. The beep beeps revealed our slow leak had penetrated under our oak floors and down to our garage ceiling. With a glint in his eye, the expert told me if this had gone much longer, anyone using the sink might have fallen through.
I know the the importance of a sure foundation. Our leak reminded me that even after you’ve built well you must protect your foundation. A little leak can cause severe damage.
Jesus told a story in Matthew 7:24-29 to illustrate the protection a strong foundation provides. While a solid foundation won’t stop storms, storms won’t tear apart a life, a family, or a future built on solid biblical principles.
Just like a house takes regular maintenance, so does our faith. We all have triggers that open up trickles, or in some cases, floods of destructive thoughts. Old wounds harbor deep gullies of wrong thought patterns.
Romans 12:2 promises that when we change our thinking we’ll transform our reactions. Journaling helps me identify and patch leaky thoughts. Here’s a peek from how I dealt with some unhelpful thoughts concerning our leak.
Leaky thoughts: I have to figure out how to take care of this.
Leaky thoughts: Where can I go for help? This is beyond my knowledge or expertise.
Leaky thoughts: What is going to happen? How will this set us back?
Refreshed thoughts: Don’t fear the future. God has it covered. (Jere. 29:11)
Our sink leak was a problem as long as it was hidden. My insurance agency has called in several experts to fix the problem. The discovery wasn’t fun, but it protected us.
Stress exposes leaky thoughts. Bringing my leaky thoughts to God gives His Spirit an opportunity to reveal and repair my leaks. It’s not fun to find them. But once we do, He helps us repair our foundation.
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Deborah W. Wilson
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