We managed some rental property for a number of years. I did a good share of the cleaning, painting and believe it or not a lot of the repairs. I felt like Rosie the Riveter at times!! Sometimes I just kept telling myself "I can do it"! I learned how to repair things I never dreamed I could repair. One of the quick fixes I used on several occasions was the use of duct tape! What did we do before duct tape??!! It is amazing how many uses there are for duct tape. I once used electrical tape to "repair" a pipe under a sink. It stretches around the pipe nicely and works wonders for a quick-fix! My dad was a plumber by trade. I had him later come up to one of the apartments and do some work for me. He opened the cupboard and said, "Diana, WHAT is THIS"? One look at the black electrical tape and I got the "Diana, you know better than that look" . . . but it held up - it wasn't leaking!!! LOL!
I recently went out to my folks home and while doing dishes after dinner I noticed water on the floor. Mom said she thought it was coming from the dish drainer. I could see that that wasn't where it was coming from. I looked under the kitchen sink and guess what I found? Yes, I found where the water was coming from . . . it was dripping from a pipe that had soggy "black electrical tape" on it!!!!! Imagine that - pretty amazing don't you think??!!! The tape looked like it had been wrapped around there for quite a while and was beginning to loosen and fall off. I immediately asked mom where her "plumber" was!! After the bad time Dad gave me over my "taped pipe fix", I was tempted to give him a bad time also. I must have learned that trick from him!!! At least that is what I told him . . . I had the proof!!!
I was thinking about the many problems that we may experience in this life. It has been said that everyone has either just experienced a problem, is in the middle of a problem right now or getting ready to deal with a problem in the near future. Everybody has one problem or another! It may be sickness, death, financial, family problems, marital, job related problems - so many things bombard us every day. Problems we may, like Rosie the Riveter would say, "We Can Do It"! Some things we really can do it - we can fix them - like I fixed the leaking pipe. I did do it - it quit leaking! (Yeah!) No more leaks - at least . . . for a while! I'm afraid my tape "fix-it" would over time look just like my dad's tape fix-it for his pipe. With time, the quick tape fix proved not to be a true fix - it only lasts for a time. It was only a "temporary fix".
Jesus is the answer for whatever problem you and I may be going through. He knows all about it. He has the answers to the problems we are facing. He is there to help us through them, to encourage us through His Word and His Way. He is willing and ready to meet us where we are right now - today! He fixes broken people . . . and He never uses Duct Tape or Electrical Tape!!! His fixes are for real. They are for real problems. They are for real people. They are for you and I today. Trust your past, present, and future to the God who knows, cares, and loves you.
"Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you." I Peter 5:6-7