May 16, 2017
A Good Hose
Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. – Hebrews 12:28
There is a large yard around my house, and I have three water hoses to keep it watered and to do various other tasks. One hose is on the front of the house by the garage, which I use to wash the car and the driveway, and to water the front flower beds. The second hose is on the opposite side in the front, and I use it to water the lawn on that part of the property. The third hose is at the back, where I use it to clean my deck and water the backyard.
Each of my three hoses is a little bit different. They all carry water, but only one does so with ease. The one I like to use most is the one by the garage. It pulls freely from its reel, does not kink, and wherever I put it is where it stays. The other two hoses are not so easily used. One tends to kink and twist, and the other tangles and needs me to continually adjust it. They get the job done, but they require more work from me.
In my Sunday school class, our teacher has often said that as Christians, we need to be like a garden hose in God’s hands. A hose is always ready to be picked up and used whenever it is needed, and it simply does what it was designed to do—deliver water. The first time I heard my teacher say this, I got a real visual from my three hoses. It is one thing to be a hose; it is another thing to be a good hose!
So many times I have thought about my life and walk with the Lord in comparison to my hoses. When the Lord asks me to do something, sometimes I hesitate and start to tell Him all the reasons I cannot do it. Then He gently reminds me of the hose that cannot be easily used. Rather than resisting what God is doing, we ought to do all we can to help. Even if we feel we are under-qualified for what He asks, we can heed the instruction of today’s focus verse and pray for grace to serve God acceptably.
After being frustrated with one of my hoses for too long, I finally threw it away and replaced it with one that was easier to manage. How sad it would be if the Lord had to find a replacement for us because we were too difficult to use! Thankfully, that does not have to happen. When God shows us something we can do for Him, let us choose to do it to the best of our ability. It is wonderful to think that we can be a hose God likes to use!