Monday I was all excited because I was going to meet a friend and we were going to one of my favourite places in this area. So I get ready, go outside to put something in the car to find a flat tire! UGH! Someone had told me about a place very close to me that plugs tires so I inflated the tire as best I could and go to that place. I knew this tire had a slow leak but whenever I took it somewhere we could never find the leak. This business I took it to provided extra effort after I told him it often loses air. He jacked the car up, took the tire off and began to search every inch of the tire. Turns out I had picked up a tiny nail.
Two things came to my mind. First, we “pick up” stuff knowing we’ve got it and don’t think it’s much until we see the results of the recurrent problem. We pick up heartaches, anger, bad eating habits, bad habits in general and think a little bit of this and that won’t hurt us – until we end up sick or in some kind of predicament we can’t get out of. If we had just dealt with it when we first were exposed, maybe we wouldn’t be in the present situation.
Sometimes we don’t know we’ve picked up anything. I had no idea I had a nail in my tire, I just knew there was a problem with that tire. At the first sign of trouble I didn’t pursue the problem, I just treated the symptom – I needed air so I put air in it. I was thinking it happens, the changes in the weather, etc., just normal tire stuff.
Life gets us that way doesn’t it! We think ‘no big deal, I can handle this; it’ll go away…’ then BOOM we find ourselves facing a big ole mess. What have you picked up? What has attached itself to you that’s causing a leak in your spiritual life?
What have you picked up? Let’s make an effort to pray about and deal with what we know we have and pray for God to expose those things we don’t know we have. Presenting ourselves to Him to expose what needs to be dealt with is always a great idea.
Psalm 139:23-24: “Search me, O God, and know my heart. Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.” (NASB)