Duct Tape

My Dad is never far from my heart or my thoughts—I miss him very much. This time of the year he is particularly on my mind as we remember his birth, reflect on God calling him home, celebrate the years he had with the love of his life, and as always honor the positive impact he had on everyone whose path he ever crossed.

I will never forget the lessons he taught me with Duct tape (and yes, for a long time I thought it was “duck tape”). In recent times I used this magical invention to fix heating vents, secure ceiling tiles, hold down carpet, secure a broken door lock, move a top-heavy object, make some electrical wiring safe, change the dimensions of a screwdriver, muffle a hammer, fix a computer monitor, and put up warning labels.

Duct tape seemingly does it all—and it does…for a time. As powerful as Duct tape is, its strength is not permanent. Eventually its adhesive power will fail because of the elements or just the decay of time. It does great at what it is intended to do, but it does not last forever.

I think we sometimes put Duct tape on the issues and challenges we face in life. We find something to cover them up and maybe even secure them for a time, but we neglect to go back to the root issue. therefore, the problem is not solved it is only delayed and will someday rear its ugliness and destruction in our lives.

That is why I seek permanency in my security. After many years of trying to find this through myself (along with many failures) I have learned for me I must rely on God’s grace and strength. I love Psalm 18 to remind me of His promise, if you have not read that recently I highly encourage you to do so. Just the first three verses of what David wrote is enough to give us that comfort, “I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.”

That is eternal Duct tape!

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