Actually, it is a funny and frustrating story at the same time. I was using a snake through the laundry room sink. This was a first also. Wouldn't you know the trap under sink was rusty, and the snake created a hole in the trap. Thus, the question arose, how can I take off this trap and take it to Home Depot to get a new one? My new vise grips could unscrew the one side of the trap, but the grips wasn't large enough for the other side of the trap. My work place was closed, so I decided to buy a pipe wrench of my own. Maybe in the next 53 years I might need one again.
Well, I purchased my first ever pipe wrench and a new trap. I took them home. How wonderful! The pipe wrench worked beautifully. However, I bought the wrong type of trap. I guessed the right size. I got the right shape. But, I had not noticed that the one end screws on differently. Thus, I frustratedly returned to Home Depot to get the correct trap.
When I got back to the project, I wanted to eat dinner first, with a couple more trial and errors the trap worked. The trial and errors came because I didn't know if I needed to use the "washers" sent along or not. Once I realized I did not need them, if screwed on wonderfully and was tightened by my new pipe wrench.
I told Nancy, "It is amazing how easy things go with the right tool and the right part."
You may laugh at that and hopefully so. It is amazing how many times we try to correct the problems of life without the right part or the right tool. We sometimes try to "jerry rig" it.
For me Jesus and the ways of Jesus are the answers of life. Some people try to lie their way out of their difficulties. Others try to avoid or escape from them; they pretend they don't exist. Others attack a person involved but not the real issue. The list could go on in how we try to deal with our challenges. Instead, we need to confront our issues honestly with Jesus being our guide in showing how us to do it. He is the way and the truth and the life. Without Jesus, solving the problems of life are like trying to do plumbing without a pipe wrench.