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The hole

Over a year ago I wrote about the hole along the bike path that we encountered on our way to school every school day. We had to look out for the hole, so that we would not end up having an accident. One of the parishioners contacted me shortly after the newsletter was published and told me to notify the Council, which would repair the hole. I duly did that. And last week, more than a year after I notified the Council, the hole was filled in. It’s still a bit uneven, but it no longer is quite the hazard that it was in years past.

Back in 2021 I used the hole as an illustration of the things that could trip us up in our own lives and how we have to guard against them. We should be conscious of them, but not let them loom large in our lives. When I saw the fixed hole I wondered whether I have to adjust my illustration. Rather than just being conscious of some things in our lives, do we need to plug them, or more better even heal them? Can we ask God to heal areas of our lives that trip us up again and again? We can certainly come to God with our troubles and not only ask God to lead us, but also to heal and deliver us. God can heal us.

In our prayers for help we also need to remember that God does not always help in the way we envisage.
Paul pleaded earnestly with the Lord to take away a “thorn in his flesh”. But the Lord said to him: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9). God can work through us in many ways.

Well, the hole is still visible, but now its threat has gone. Apart from being an illustration for our own lives,
I’m grateful that I live in a place where holes do get fixed—eventually.