By Jann Cobb
There’s a hole in the bucket, dear Liza, dear Liza,
There’s a hole in the bucket, dear Liza,
There’s a hole.
Then fix it dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry,
Then fix it dear Henry, dear Henry, fix it.
With what should I fix it, dear Liza, dear Liza,
With what should I fix it, dear Liza, with what?
Do you remember this song? It started running through my mind this morning as I sat looking out the window. In front of me were three large windows that look out onto the lake. I love just gazing at the sky, the water, the birds and the hole in the screen? “How long has that been there?” I wondered to myself.
Over a year ago, our dog Spunky had jumped up onto the screen and tore several small holes in it. We didn’t want to look at those nasty little holes , nor did we want to go and fix the screen, so we just turned it around so that the holes were now at the top of the screen. Then if we wanted, we could just pull the blinds down far enough to cover the holes and all is well! Sometimes we didn’t even remember that the holes were there. We are just so used to them, we don’t even see them.
Aren’t we like this with other things as well? From the time of Adam and Eve in the garden we have tried to hide ourselves from God and from the consequences of our sin. Moses tried it, Achan tried it, David tried it and Peter tried. Sometimes we just try to ignore it and try to forget that it is even there.
There’s a hole in the bucket!
Often I just ignore the hole and I pretend everything is okey dokey, meanwhile stuff is dripping everywhere. I pretend, just like the Pharisees did, that everything looks perfectly fine but inside, I am a mess!
Then fix it!
Like pulling the screen down, or rearranging the screen, I also try to make adjustments, rationalizations or accommodations for my sin. I try to fix myself. Eventually however, everything is found out!
“No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.” Luke 8:16-17
With what shall I fix it?
There is only one way that we can be fixed, healed, and restored! The greatest news is that God doesn’t just want to fix us, He wants to remake us! Completely new! It starts with asking him to do so.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” I John 1:9
Then he makes us completely new.
“If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! ” IICorinthians 5:17
Father, here is my bucket. I don’t want to try an fix it any more. Can I have a new one please? Thank you for your promises of a new life full of your forgiveness, healing and love! Jann
Married to my sweetheart for 28 years. Together we have ministered in many countries serving God and His people. We have two lovely daughters Jeni and Lissa. Each week I have the honor of sharing God’s word at the Journey Bible study and love teaching and exploring God’s word. I have 2 other passions, dark chocolate and biking. My blog is a way to share about my love for the one who has saved and redeemed me. All for Him and His glory.