It’s that time of the year in Texas again – storm season! It’s the time when Yankee transplants nervously scan inky skies and demand to know why we don’t have basements down here, while the natives dash outside, whooping and hollering, to shoot video of funnel clouds.
We’ve been in our house for over seven years now and have endured several hailstorms, so we figured it was time to get an adjuster out for an inspection. After that, it was time to hire a roofer. During all the talk about materials and deductibles and timelines, he shared a story about a woman who had a roof leak. The man told her what needed to be done and she didn’t like his solution, so he proposed a “quick fix.” He warned her that this was not a permanent repair, but she told him to go ahead with the work, anyway. After the next few storms, she called him with irritation in her voice.
“My roof is leaking again,” she snapped.
“I told you it would,” he calmly replied.
“I need you to fix it for good,” she said.
The roofer explained, again, what had to be done. She refused.
Isn’t this just like we human beings when it comes to God? He tells us what how to get our hearts healed and our souls renovated – but we ignore Him, going for that quick fix. We change jobs, seek a new relationship or buy a special “something” to make us feel better, but the old problem keeps rearing its ugly head.
Why, we might even desperate enough to apply a spiritual patch-up job. Maybe going to church every once in a while would help – or opening up that dusty Bible and poking my finger on a random verse.
Fact is, Jesus isn’t spackle. He doesn’t offer quick fixes, but a lifetime of restoration. In Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis compares a person who turns to God as a living house. The Lord comes in and does some expected work, like clearing drains and stopping leaks, but then He begins working on the house in a way that hurts. Lewis concludes:
“What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”
At some time or another, storms come to all of us. A quick caulk job isn’t going to keep the rain out. For that, we need a Master Carpenter who knows how to permanently remodel a human life.
Texas storm cloud photo courtesy of Serena Kundysek via Flickr
Remodel photo courtesy of Sean Thayer via Flickr