Before I was in the ministry full-time, I worked as an engineer for the State of Texas, and later, for an engineering firm in Amarillo, Texas. One of the assignments I had was inspecting the water systems for municipalities in Canadian, Silverton, and other small cities. These towns had difficulty maintaining water levels in their water storage tanks. We had to trace underground pipes and try to find the problem: the problem was never the tank, or the pumps - the problem was always underground.
Usually we would find multiple locations where the pipes had been rusted and corroded to the point that they finally burst, causing leakage from the pipes so severe it affected the water storage tanks. These busted pipes could cause hundreds of thousands of dollars in wear and tear to the pumps and pipes, not to mention the loss of millions of gallons of water.
As I remember those days in the field, I am also reminded of a scripture in Haggai 1:4-6, "Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, and this temple to lie in ruins?” Now therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: “Consider your ways! “You have sown much, and bring in little; You eat, but do not have enough; You drink, but you are not filled with drink; You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; And he who earns wages, earns wages to put into a bag with holes.”
Have you ever felt like this? Have you ever felt like you were burning the candle at both ends, but falling further behind? Have you ever felt like the harder you tried, the worse everything became? I think we've all been there on some level, whether on our job, or in relationships. But the great thing about the scripture in Haggai 1 is that God didn't say, "Good luck with that!" No, God provided a plan so that the struggle could come to an end.
If you feel that you are in this kind of rut, ask God to give you a plan of escape. (1 Corinthians 10:13) He knows exactly where your "busted pipes" are located and He will show you how to make repairs! God is so faithful to us and He is ready and willing to lead, guide and direct us in every area of our lives. He is a good, good Father!