The Parable of the Unprepared Plumber

Content Warning: The following article contains material that may be harmful or traumatizing – ohh, I’m just joking! However, the information available in this article is purely based on a personal experience and deals with a religious perspective. So, read at your own risk!

Any homeowner knows that plumbing problems never take place at a convenient time. The pipe below your bathroom sink can burst just when you are about to receive important guests, your kitchen could be filled with water just when you have to get lunch ready for the kids and your water heater is most likely to malfunction when you are in the shower. In these unexpected circumstances, panic and fear are often the most common reactions, which unfortunately in some cases, result in further accidents and mishaps. This is why we should always be ready to deal with any plumbing emergency. In fact, all you have to do is to call an emergency plumbing contractor and he’ll be on his way to resolve your problem. However, in my case, things didn’t go as expected.

Here’s My Story:

Here’s My Story:Was it two years back? Hmm, let’s say not too long ago, I found my water heater was leaking. In order to prevent any further water damage to my house, I switched off the heater first and then turned off the toilet valve – sometimes these valves are located on the waterlines, but mine was on the walls. Once the water supply was turned off, I knew I was in urgent need of the services of an emergency plumber.

Since I didn’t know anyone personally, I asked a few believers in my church. Samantha, an old woman who once used to be the nanny of my kids, recommended someone. She gave me the number, I called and the appointment was made. At the set time, the doorbell rang.

As anyone would, I was expecting to see a man in work trousers, tops and in work boots holding his large tool bag. Upon opening the door, I was surprised to see a tall man standing in a slick three-piece suit. All smiling, he told me that he was the plumber I had called. I let him in and explained the problem to him. He told me he could fix the problem if he could borrow some work clothes – seemingly, he went to a wedding and didn’t get time to change before coming over to my house. After the clothes, he asked if he could borrow some tools. He forgot to bring any!

Over the next four hours, you cannot even imagine my frustration as each time I heard him ask my husband for several items; “can I have a drill?” “I’ll need to borrow a saw.” “Do you have a wrench?” “Where can I buy some screws?”

If you google “emergency plumbing contractors”, you’ll most likely find something revolving around “They will come with their equipment and fix your plumbing issue within the shortest timeframe.” Certainly not in my case!

I couldn’t help but wonder how someone could be so unprepared for the job he came to do. But, most importantly,

he didn’t even come with ANY tools at all!

This made me think of Ephesians 6: 10-17 and how believers often fail to prepare themselves properly before entering the spiritual battle.

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

– From Ephesians 6: 10-17


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