Don’t Tape It Up
While driving to Texas last week, I ran over a tire scrap in the middle of the lane somewhere in southern Alabama. It was at 4:00 in the morning and I didn’t want to think about anything like that at the time! So, out of sight/out of mind.
After we got home from the trip, I noticed the splash guard under the front end of the van hanging down. It was after I got home from a late night trip to the grocery store, so I immediately grabbed some duct tape and did what anyone would do: I taped it up.
Truthfully, I tend to do that in my personal life as well sometimes. Rather than address the root cause and fully communicate through the issue, I’ll briefly touch it up with some duct tape and assume everything is back to normal. That is, until the tape’s adhesion wears off.
That process, in my own life, is a way of coping. Rather than addressing the deeper issue, I’d rather brush it aside and chalk it up to “not wanting to cause any conflict”. Ultimately, I’ve realized that when this happens in my own heart, bitterness settles in and true restoration doesn’t take place.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. (Psalm 147:3)
He told me to “Don’t tape it up yourself”.
Through this simple illustration, He reminded me that my efforts will always be that: my efforts.
Today, I am thankful that I can rely on my God to restore my heart. He, alone, will do that for me.
(Side note: I paid $40 to get it fixed at the dealership this morning. My wife was happy.)