There is always a tension in spiritual pursuits between tending to the soul and tending to world.
This weekend is a bit of an example of that. Yesterday I started on my first post for holy week thinking I’d do a short post on tools. It was over a thousand words – too long for a blog post. I now realize that I may be trying to do too much so I’ll scale back a little.
Then last night the drain in our bathroom sink plugged up. We are fortunate to have two bathrooms in the house so I can still shave and brush teeth. After church I grabbed my tool kit and went to fix it. Now I am enough of a handy man to tackle a blocked u-bend and in a few minutes I had it cleaned and reassembled.
Tomorrow my wife calls the plumber – turns out there is another blockage in the drain, beyond my limited tools and plumbing skills. I guess a “real man” might have torn the whole thing apart again and work another two hours before his wife forced him to admit defeat but I long ago learned embraced my inner wimp so I packed up the tools and went off to cook a pot of spaghetti sauce (I did wash my hands first).
I had planned to be writing my blog entry today about palm Sunday not wrenching on the pipes. Yesterday I’d planned to work in my woodshop but ended up writing more than I had planed.
There’s the question for today – is it better to tend to the broken plumbing or to the spiritual journey?