Matthew 5:45 tells us that the rain falls on the just and the unjust. What it doesn’t tell you is that when the drain outside gets blocked with grass and debris, the rain backs up into the garage and flows into the workshop.
Yes, that’s the way today started. Fun, fun, fun. Not.
We have a drain that is supposed to take the excess water out into the yard and further down the hill. It works great…right up until it doesn’t. What I’ve noticed is that it’s rarely clogged up with really big things. It’s not the giant magnolia leaves from the nighbor’s yard that get in the way or even the larger oak leaves from the trees nearby. No, it tends to be lots and lots of little things that build up over time. It’s usually the teeny, tiny little blades of cut grass that escaped the blower or little leaves that drop from the rose bushes nearby. Those things don’t even have to land directly on the grid covering the drain to become a problem. They can just land nearby and then get caught up and clumped together when there’s a sudden downpour.
Life is just like that.
Yes, life is just like that. We tend to think that the little things don’t matter as much as the big ones, but when they land in a pile and start to stack up… They can suddenly look pretty big and we can find ourselves in the middle of a really nasty mess.
Sin is like that, too.
We may decide that we can just let that ‘little thing’ slide…that attitude, that selfish thought, that word you really ought not use in polite company–or anywhere else!–but it still runs through your mind occasionally, that whatever-little-thing-it-is-that usually-plagues-you. After all, it’s just a little thing.
Hmmmm…little things. Seems like I remember that God has something to say about those, as well:
“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.” Luke 16:10 (NLT)
Sounds like we all need to keep a closer eye on those little things, doesn’t it?
Meanwhile, I’m also keeping a close eye on that drain because the Weather Channel says that we’re in for some more rain…and, you know, “when it rains, it pours.” (big grin…and yes, I know…that one’s really bad. even bigger grin)