This morning I see my husband creeping around the outside of the house in the pouring rain. He's checking the gutter system.
"How are they?" I call out.
"The ones in the back of the house aren't working well. I have to clean the leaves out."
A house in this climate absolutely requires a properly functioning gutter system. The gutters collect the rain from the roof and send it towards the downspouts that direct rain away from the house. In the absence of such a system, rainwater collects around the house and damages the foundations and even floods the basement.
I think about how a person might direct the downpour of damaging circumstances away from her heart and mind in order to keep a sure foundation. I need an unclogged path--a system of clean gutters--that collect and divert every onslaught into God's hands. Why do I collect what damages and not release it away from me?
I know it's a lack of trust that clogs and blocks. I know it's a self-focus that keeps me tied to my circumstances and not the truth of who God is.
I send it all into the downspout and stay secure.
We're cleaning gutters today. What clogs and blocks?