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April 11, 2005, Herald Journal
Pastor's Column

Someone waits to fix our broken lives

By Rev. Lyndon Korhonen, Good Shepherd Free Lutheran, Cokato

Recently, I had a fitting on a hydraulic cylinder break off. At first, I thought the snow was melting and creating a puddle around it, but when the hydraulics stopped working, I realized it was a puddle of fluid.

The cylinder came off nice and easy, but that is where the ease ended. I took it home and began the process of trying to get the broken off threads out of the nut on the cylinder.

First, I used a punch to try and spin the threads out. The metal of the threads was so soft that I couldn’t get a grip on it with a punch.

Then, I tried heating the outside of the nut to expand it and move it away from the threads, but that did not work.

I got out the E-Z outs, along with heat and penetrating oil. As I kept heating and turning on the E-Z out, it finally snapped off. Now I had the threads and the E-Z out to remove!

I started cutting off the nut from the cylinder, and finally got the threads out, but the next problem was the broken E-Z out coming out in pieces. Some were bound to fall inside the cylinder.

I started disassembling the cylinder, but quickly found that I didn’t know how to get it apart. At this point, I decided to quit for the night, before I went backwards any further.

Have you been there? The more you try to fix something, the worse it gets!

It is one thing to have it happen with an item, but quite another with a human being that possesses an eternal soul.

Perhaps your life seems like my cylinder. Have you come to that place of asking for help, rather than continuing to go on with your limited knowledge of how to fix your life, but going further backwards?

Time is moving on and you are getting older. How much time do you have left?

Would you take that step to open up that dusty Bible of yours and get some advice from the One who made you? He knows how to remove the mess you have made in trying to fix your life.

He has fixed many lives before, and this is what Easter is all about! Jesus, who never sinned, became sin for you, so you could become the righteousness of God in Christ. By admitting your sin and trusting Christ as your Savior, you can be made a new creation in Christ.

Back to my cylinder story – I finally went to my machinist friend for help. He knew how to get the cylinder apart, rewelded a nut on the old piece, and I was back in business.

If we will only humble ourselves, there is Someone who will be glad to help us. It is time to go for help!

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