When we purchased our Texas house, the inspector discovered a water leak in the kitchen wall from the outside of the house. Kindly the homeowner agreed to cover the repairs. Little did any of us realize how much damage this leak had caused trickling for years unseen.
The mold and damage was extensive and expensive to repair. It caused an inconvenient delay in our closing but in the end I was relieved it was discovered and the kitchen rebuilt.
Fast forward 9 months. My husband and I are outside when he groans “uh oh”. I’m in Texas now so I feared snake, scorpion or something else sinister. But it’s worse than that, its a leak. The same exact leak the inspector found 10 months ago.
The source of the problem had not been fixed. Our plumber discovered 2 small hairline cracks in the drain pipe. Water was seeping slowly and almost undetectable. Just enough to rot the interior without exposing itself to the exterior. The internal rot had returned while the exterior still maintained its repaired appearance.
Small hairline cracks tend to show up emotionally when we move. If we don’t locate the source of the problem we run the risk of rotting from the inside out before anyone even notices something is wrong with us. We try to cover up or repair the surface issues without really sealing up the source.
Our real problems usually are not the exterior circumstances of life, they are sourced in our heart. Discontent, bitterness, loneliness, and insecurity get covered up by fancy things, shallow friendships, appearances, and busyness. But God is like a general contractor that can come in and repair the source of your problem, the heart, and renew you.
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3
If you suspect any emotional cracks from your move will you please consider reading “After the Boxes Are Unpacked” by Susan Miller? Or better yet, come to the “Moving On After Moving In” class offered in your area. Visit http://www.just-moved.org to find one. Time to stop making external repairs to the internal problems. Admit you have a cracked pipe and you need fixed. Invite God, the ultimate “General Contractor”, in to your heart to make sure the problem is truly repaired and renewed.