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Clogged Pipes
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I recently did some work on our downstairs shower. I installed a new shower faucet handle but I accidentally reversed the hot and cold. When I finally switched the pipes around I discovered the faucet handle had quit working properly. Only a dribble of water was coming out of the showerhead no matter which way I turned the handle. I checked to make sure I had turned all the water back on. Still it just wasn’t working.

So I called a toll free support line for this faucet. The operator was very kind and offered to send out another faucet cartridge at no charge. “Great!” I concluded. When I got the new cartridge and installed it, there was not one bit of difference in how much water dribbled out of the shower head. So I took the cartridge out, cleaned it, checked it over, read the instructions again and put it back in. Same problem.

I called the toll free support line once more. Another friendly operator offered to send out another faucet cartridge. I knew this one would do the trick. I was just having bad luck. But I was wrong. I went through the same routine and ended up with the same results. My patience was starting to dribble like the water out of the shower head.

I "Knew"


A third time I called the toll free support line. The kind operator listened to my whole story and then asked, “Have you taken the showerhead off to see if it might be clogged? Maybe that is where your problem is located.” I hadn’t tried this because I “knew” where the problem was located. But I said I would try this and then call back if it didn’t solve my problem.

I never called back. The problem was not the cartridge. It was somewhere else (a clogged showerhead).

That reminds me of a Bible verse I have often prayed: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way of everlasting” (Psalms 139:23, 24). I admit that I often think I know where the problem is located, but when I continue to pray and listen to God speak to my heart, I discover the problem is somewhere else.

When you are having a “clogged pipe” experience in your life, slow down and pray this Psalms 139 prayer. Wait on God. Listen. You might discover your problem is not where you might think.

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