I’ve been mopping a lot of floors lately.
The Church is getting a new roof, and there have been lots of leaks. We have a section of the roof that is flat, and that has been used as a staging area for the rest of the work. The materials are stored on the flat roof, and the workers walk across it all of the time. As a result, the flat roof no longer has a pitch to it. It is more like a bowl shape. And that means the water doesn't drain off, it just sits and waits until it finds a way into my building. And there are lots of ways into the building because all of that activity has opened up seems in the roofing material.
So, I mop and put out buckets and cans. I have grabbed all of the buckets and garbage cans I can get my hands on to catch the water dripping in. However, the location of the dripping changes all of the time, and so I mop. And I mop and mop and mop. Mr. Clean has got nothing on me.
Soon the siege will be over. The new roof will be finished and I will get back to more important matters, like fixing toilets and scrubbing bathrooms. A small church pastor has to do what a small church pastor has to do.
Jesus was a small church pastor. He was a man who wasn't afraid to get his hands dirty. Here are some examples:
· Jesus the all in one; nurse, doctor, hospital (Matthew 4:23-25).
· Jesus the motivational speaker (Matthew 10:5-42).
· Jesus the short order cook (Matthew 14:13-21).
· Jesus the ‘no need for a boat’ Coast Guard officer (Matthew 14:22-36).
· Jesus the child care worker (Matthew 19:13-15).
· Jesus the parade coordinator (Matthew 21:1-11).
· Jesus the anti-gardener (Matthew 21:18-22).
· Jesus the event planner (Matthew 26:17-30).
As you can see, Jesus was a hand’s on person, even though his solutions to problems are a bit unique.
And so I try to follow in his footsteps. I’ve done some of the things mentioned above like the anti-gardener plant killing job, which I have successfully done without meaning to.
And of course there is still plenty of mopping.
God bless you,