Back in the late part of winter, I began noticing something in our garage.
Around the hot water heater, there would occasionally be a few wet spots nearby on the ground.
Since the floor of the garage is concrete, and since the spots would dry up quickly, I never really paid it any mind.
But one day in the early part of spring, I discovered an entire section of our garage was soaking wet.
Several boxes nearby and the doormat that leads you in to the house were all very damp.
At that point, I knew I had a problem.
So I took a glance at the hot water heater to see if it might be leaking.
I felt around a little bit to see if any parts were particularly wet, and noticed the overflow pipe was damp at the bottom.
Furthermore, while Carmen was taking a shower, I saw that the pipe was dripping pretty steadily. It would also drip steadily after using hot water in the washing machine.
So I knew the water was coming from that location for sure.
I got on the phone and called the manufacturer of the hot water heater to find out what could be done. I figured it was still under warranty as I had only owned it for about 2.5 years.
But they told me it sounded like an issue with the hot water pressure, and would not be something covered by the warranty.
However, they did try to explain to me how to solder the pipes and fix it as if it was perfectly safe for just anyone to work with a blow torch.
I knew I was out of luck taking that route, but I also knew my mother and stepfather were coming to visit in a couple of weeks. So I just thought I would let them take a look at it before I burned the house down.
In the meantime, I was able to slide a plastic bowl underneath the pipe to keep the water from dripping all over the floor.
After about two showers, the little bowl would fill up and have to be poured out.
For that couple of weeks, it was a constant process. Take showers, fill up the bowls and pour them out.
The water dripping was never-ending.
In a similar way, God’s longing for us is never-ending.
God is available to us at all times.
Just as we could fill the bowl up by turning on the hot water, so can we enjoy God’s presence by going to Him in prayer.
According to Isaiah 30:18, “The Lord longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!”
God wants you to draw closer to Him, to be filled with His love and peace, because He longs for what is best for you.
Although God works on your behalf, He wants you to respond to Him, showing a willingness to share your life with Him.
One way you can do that is by talking to Him daily.
The hot water heater has since been repaired and is no longer dripping. So there are no more bowls getting filled up with water.
But God’s presence will be here for forever to keep our souls filled up with His love.
Brad Hall is the nighttime editor for the Times-Tribune. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit his blog at hallthingsconsidered.blogspot.com