Friday, September 11, 2009

Slow Leaks

I have a leaking tire on my car. I've looked and looked, yet I haven't found where the air is leaking from. It's a very slow leak, but if left alone, I would come out one morning to find it flat. It may take a couple weeks or so, but becoming flat is inevitable should I do nothing.

My life has felt like that leaking tire before. Slowly deflating and doing nothing to remedy the situation. It reminds me of a song by Casting Crowns called "Slow Fade." The song is about how easy it is for us to digress if we aren't careful. Like the slow leak in my tire that left unchecked will eventually deflate completely, we can slowly drift until we come to the place in our life where we are asking ourselves, "How in the world did I get here?"

It rarely happens quickly. It often starts with a small compromise or a wounded heart that refuses to forgive. Or, a heart that begins turning cold, or ears that grow increasingly deaf to God's voice. Whatever the case the outcome is the same. Slowly we begin to spiral downward and without a course correction can end up in a place we never wanted to be.

Obviously, we have a God who can rescue us at any point along the journey. Whether its at rock bottom or at some other point. The key is to recognize when there is a "leak" and determine to do whatever is necessary to fix it. We have a God who not only will reveal those slow "leaks" in our life, but is also the One who can help us remedy the problem.

I'll be taking my leaking tire, to a tire shop to fix. As for those times my life is leaking, I take that to God who can fix me right up.

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