I think I’ve been hotel listed. It never fails. No matter where I stay, there is an issue with the plumbing in my room. The water doesn’t drain properly. The toilet has low pressure. The water in the tub runs out of the faucet and the shower head concurrently. The water in the shower runs out slow or it’s disrespectful, spatting all over my face without warning. No matter where I stay, domestic or abroad, the plumbing gods find me and force me to deal with their shenanigans. The trip I’m on now is no exception. I’ve stayed in two hotels, different chains and the result is consistent. The plumbing has been problematic. Just as before, I call and someone on the facilities and/or maintenance team responds. It may not happen immediately. Occasionally I’ve had to endure the problem a wee bit longer than I’d expected. Further, sometimes it takes a bit of attempt before it’s resolved. During the wait, I’ve even had to navigate playing an unofficial game of dodge water with the shower head, when I never asked to be in the game. Isn’t that just like life with God? Things happen that you strongly believe you did not sign up for, things get really out of hand, in fact ungraceful from the person who epitomizes grace, you may suffer a bit in the process, but despite the plumbing you keep moving and emerge without evidence of what really happened.
To be sure, times are difficult. Plumbing problems show up differently for each of us. Some may be experiencing a leaky faucet, but overtime left unaddressed, a drip can be expensive. Years ago as I rented my home after moving out of town, a leaky faucet that my tenant failed to inform me of resulted in a plumbing bill of over $800. I would suggest that no matter the effect, we still make attempt to tend to our water rituals and ask for help along the way. Romans 5:3-5 in the Message declares: “There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!”
Our plumbing concerns will result in the pouring of God’s blessings upon us. In fact, it is critically important to consider that there are attainable blessings going forth despite the plumbing. Perhaps you are experiencing something you never expected, didn’t register for or even willed to be. Or perhaps you may feel like me, no matter what is happening, there remains a constant plumbing issue with your name on it. Sidebar: Seriously though, is there a list? Whatever the case, we each have capacity to endure. God has provided a stash of containers for the water we are to carry! We can and must ask for help along the way, and as often as we need. Everyone has a little bit of plumbing to navigate, and as such, we are not always as attuned as we potentially could be for others. As in the case of the hotel, when housekeeping failed to report the issue before me. I’m certain if they were tending to the restroom, they would see what I was dealing with. I wonder what it might look like to always assume that everyone has a little bit of plumbing to navigate and just regularly do a maintenance check with those we share space and breath with. Might we plan and prep like we do with meals and errands to check in with others? Life can make our water murky and our internal plumbing can be damaged by the circumstances we are presented with or the ones we’ve had to maneuver our entire lives. There is an ultimate fixer, and He goes by the name of Jesus! On this earth however, we have access to each other and as such responsibility to and for one another. Despite the plumbing that we each hold, we can ensure that none of us float down the drain. Hold up Parliament. Maybe we did learn to swim after all. I can’t promise that you won’t get wet, but with God, you can, should and must dance!