I was watching a show on TV yesterday called Property Brothers. These two guys help people renovate old, dilapidated homes. In this episode, a married couple was updating their entire back-yard pool area. The finished project really looked spectacular with new landscaping, a refurbished patio and a total re-do of the pool house.
I was so impressed, except for one thing..about half way through the re-do process, they discovered some cracks at the bottom of the swimming pool. One of the property brothers explained that it would cost about two thousand dollars to fix them. The owners balked, said they didn’t have the money, and chose to deal with the problem later. The pool was promptly refilled.
This part really bothered me. How could these people ignore something so important, something that was bound to cause problems later?? Towards the end of the show, the wife admitted she had been secretly saving money on the side and they went ahead and purchased $4,000 worth of pool furniture..money that surely could have been used to fix the cracks.
I Imagined this happy couple entertaining in their beautiful new back-yard with a hose dripping into their pool to keep the water level up.
How short sighted..These homeowners didn’t seem to recognize that their pool was THE main feature..the focal point that gave meaning to everything else..including the “POOL” house, the “POOL” toys and their overpriced “POOL” furniture!
Honestly though..this is how we sometimes live our lives. We prance around looking like we’ve got it all together knowing full well that we’ve got a slow leak deep inside. And instead of fixing the cracks that drain us… we just keep filling our lives with food or booze or drugs or shopping or whatever will fill us up for the moment.
It’s true that fixing cracks is a time consuming process. But it’s so much better than the alternative..
God tells us to build our lives on Him.. “the rock.” He is the strong, immovable foundation upon which everything else we have in this life confidently stands. He is the never-cracking pool that we can confidently fill and swim in. The bible says that everything else in the world..(everything else!).. is sinking sand.
Everyone therefore who hears these words of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man, who built his house on a rock. The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it didn’t fall, for it was founded on the rock.
Sinking sand…who would knowingly build their house, or their life, on that?
I guess the same people who would keep adding water to a cracked pool…?