“I’m trying to figure out if you will have to dig up a whole long line of the yard, or just a small part of it,” I explained to the man in charge. “Because anytime a company comes here to dig up a big part of the yard to put something down in the ground, the dogs go nuts. For about a year, they will try to dig up that area,” I said, hoping for good news. “So will you explain to me how that machine thing works that you spoke of?”
“It’s called a fault finder,” he explained. “I can walk across the yard and use it to figure out where the problem is, and then fix it.”
Anyone who knows me well realizes that words just come tumbling out of my mouth, unrestrained, uninhibited, and almost always entirely direct. Better yet, words come tumbling out of my heart. I don’t concern myself too often with who is listening. I simply love the Lord too much to hold Him back. So He tends to pop up in many, if not most, of my daily doings and day-to-day conversations – with friends and strangers alike.
“Oh, that fault-finder machine thing is what the Lord uses for me. That’s what His Holy Spirit does in my life,” I said with a laugh. “The Holy Spirit tells me exactly where the problem is so He can fix it.”
The man laughed.
But the conversation was not quite over.
“So once you locate the problem with the fault finder machine thing, what happens? Do you have to still dig up the whole line from the power pole to the house to fix the problem with the wire?” I was still holding out hope I wouldn’t end up with a mess on my hands. I have numerous times needed to cover up a whole long pathway where a company had dug up with all sorts of anything and everything to keep the dogs from digging right back up what had been dug up and covered back up. Ugh. I didn’t want to go through that again.
“Oh no,” the man explained. “Once the fault finder finds the problem, we can dig up that one area and go in and fix what’s wrong.”
“Great,” I replied, totally thankful for this piece of good news. But in typical me fashion, I was not done with the conversation. Out burst another response of what the Lord had shown me in this brief conversation. I can honestly say I am often amazed what comes out of my mouth, or off of my fingers on the keyboard of my computer when I am writing. Because most of the time I really don’t give it much thought in advance, other than to try to make sure I am doing my best to love and serve and glorify the Lord, and to love and respect the people with whom I come into contact.
“See, that’s exactly what God does with me,” I said happily, though it never does feel so very happy at the time. “He uses His Holy Spirit to go into my head to locate exactly where the problem is and then goes right in there to fix it.”
The man laughed again. So did I.
As grateful as I am that the three men from the electric company came as quickly as they did to find and fix my problem, I am infinitely – and forever – grateful to the Lord for sending His Holy Spirit into my heart, and life, to daily, continually, change me as He works on conforming me to the image of Jesus the Christ!
It’s not always a pretty, and pleasant, and comfortable process to be convicted by the Holy Spirit where exactly my faults are and to be fixed on an ongoing basis, but I know definitely today that He shows me my faults and transforms my life for one simple reason. He loves me, and His greatest desire is for me to love and serve Him with all of my heart.
I wish I could say He doesn’t have to dig up a whole heck of a lot once He locates the problem, but in my case sometimes the Lord has to dig and fix plenty. But the good news is along with His conviction, and with His fixing, comes an ever pouring in of His love, His grace, His compassion, and His mercy.
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. – Romans 12:1-2 NASB
And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: – Hebrews 12:5 KJV