So, here's the deal. Six months ago, my family and I bought a home and, with the help of some great people from our church, remodeled a great deal of the inside. Also with the house came an above ground pool. Oh, how excited I was. This thing is big. It's 52" deep, 15' wide and 30' long. It's only 2 years old and was only used 1 season. So, should've been pretty easy to open this season...right?
It started off with having to pump out and clean out 6" of stagnant, BLACK water. I didn't even know water could be black! There were huge amounts of decomposed leaves, algae, bugs, and dirt. After hours of pumping, sweeping, and scrubbing, the pool was finaly ready for water. I had water delivered. During the filling process, the liner began to rip up top due to dry rot! Well, I discovered over the next 2 weeks, as I went from 52" of water down to 14", over a dozen holes that I've patched. The pool is now open, and holds water. It's now capable of doing what it was created to do.
There's another problem. The weather in Pittsburgh, thus far, is not condusive for a lot of swimming. It's cool and rainy. It's very frustrating. I have this pool that I have invested a lot of time, effort, and money, and it's not functioning at it's fullest potential.
Sometimes I feel that we as Christians are the same way. God has invested much into our lives, but unless we are living it out, pursuing Him passionately, developing the fruitful evidence of that relationship, then we're not much better than that pool that sits in my backyard.
God has done amazing things in my life. I refuse to let them go to waste. God has brought me through so much, invested so much, and I will not stand by on the sidelines. What about you?