“My bathtub faucet isn’t working.” With those words from my wife, my latest experience began in the joys of being a homeowner. Honestly I have to admit that I kind of like it when there are issues around the house that need attention (as long as they don’t happen too frequently or cost too much money!). The key phrase here is “kind of.” Some of my Do-It-Yourself issues turned out to be thoroughly unpleasant! This issue involved the single handle faucet that controls both the hot and cold water in her bathtub. She reported that the cold-water side of the faucet was working but she could only get a trickle out of the hot water side. It occurred to me that I could suggest to her that there would be nothing wrong with taking cold baths, but I thought better of that approach. The other option was to get it fixed.
After examining the faulty faucet myself, doing some Internet research, and then calling the faucet manufacturer, it appeared that this was not an uncommon problem. There is a cartridge that fits into the center body of the faucet. It is about 4” long and ¾” in diameter. Sometimes it fails and has to be replaced. I had to order a new cartridge and a special tool to help in pulling the old cartridge out. Fortunately there are detailed instructions and even YouTube videos on the Internet to assist with the removal and replacement procedure. As I write this I am still waiting on the arrival of all the items needed to complete the job. My wife should be able to enjoy a hot bath again soon.
When you need or want to do something and you are not sure about what to do, it is surely helpful to be able to have instruction from someone who knows the situation and is able to tell you exactly what to do. In the case of my faucet, who knows more about it than the folks who made it?
People need instruction about practically every aspect of our lives. No one is totally self-taught. It is especially true that we need instruction about the most important part of our lives…finding our way to Heaven. Jesus came to give us that instruction. He says this in John 12:49-50, “For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has Himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak. And I know that His commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told me.” Who knows more about us and what is best for us than the One Who made us? Of course, we have to be willing to seek out God’s instructions and then do what He says if we want to receive His blessings. God is not going to make anyone do what He says, but then He is not going to give salvation to anyone who refuses to do what He says. Think about it.