That Leaky Roof
by Helen Dowd

"When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee.” Isaiah 43:2

"Sharp afflictions are to the soul as a soaking rain to a house." You find out whether or not your roof leaks, only after there has been a rain. I remember a funny incident from my growing up years. We lived in a house built by my dad. Its construction was crude, but it was home, and I have fond memories of that house.

The kitchen part had a slanted roof. Dad was forever fixing the roof by rolling tarpaper onto it, and then pouring liquid tar on top of that. We had gone through a long rainless spell, and we had all forgotten about the many times previously that we had to step around pails in the middle of the kitchen floor, set there to catch the water streaming from the ceiling. On this particular day, a sudden rainstorm hit. It rained hard for about ten minutes, and Dad, looking quite pleased with himself, sat in the kitchen. His chair tipped back against the wall, he looked up to the ceiling. "Praise the Lord!” he said. "I finally have all the leaks fixed.” No sooner had the words left his mouth, than a stream of water poured down onto to his bald head. We all burst into laughter, including Dad...So, it was back again to fixing the roof for Dad, as soon as the storm was over.

We don't know that there are holes in the roof until the rain comes.
In our spiritual life we don't realize that there are flaws in our soul until the storms of affliction hit. Then we find out how leak-proof our Christian life is. Trials test us and show up the defects in our souls. When things are going smoothly in our life, we get a false sense of "righteousness”. The devil whispers to us, "Boy, you are doing okay. Look what a good Christian you are. You helped out that pesky neighbor without complaining. You generously gave to the food bank. You donated your time without batting an eye. Look at all the accolades you have received for your kind deeds. You are doing great!"

But watch out. Wait until the floodgates of distress hits you. Wait until your computer beaks down, and you can't get onto the Internet. Wait until your car won't start, and you have to have it in for an expensive repair job. Wait until you get knocked down with the flu, or until one of your children or pets get sick. Wait until your house roof springs a leak. Then how good is your Christianity? Listen! Now you will hear the devil singing another song: "What a poor testimony you are! You raised your voice this morning because things were not going your way. You were impatient with your spouse, your children, your dog. What a fine Christian you turned out to be!"

Do the floodgates of affliction threaten to drown you? Is your roof leaking? David, the Psalmist had a leaky roof too. Trial after trial came his way and threatened to overcome him. He cried out: Psalm 69:1-4 "Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck...I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me...I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God....They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty...” David was really in deep water. But he knew where to turn. He turned to the only one who could keep him from drowning in his problems.

When we are overcome with fear, and find out that our spiritual roof is leaking, we need not panic. It is God who allows these floods to come. He hasn't sent them to drown us, just to test us, and to cleanse us and to show us where our "roof” needs repairing.

Have you been through a storm?
Is your life in a mess?
Does life seem impossible?
Full of problems and stress?
Are you fearful, rebellious, irritated, disturbed?
Don't despair, my dear Christian,
Just turn to God's Word:
Go to Peter (the first),
Chapter 5 and verse seven.
"Cast your cares upon God,
Your Father in Heaven.
He careth for you.
He will hear when you call.
He will lift your soul up,
Whenever you fall.

If you go to God in prayer, by faith, and yield to the Holy Spirit, God will repair your "leaky spiritual roof."

© Helen Dowd


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