I am overjoyed that the cap BP placed over the oil leak seems to be holding. This obviously is just a temporary solution while BP drills toward a more permanent one.
As Ive followed the news about this spill over the last few months, Ive been reminded of how much this spill symbolizes the problems of this world. It seems there is so much bad, and it doesnt get better all that often or that quickly.
Thinking about the problems in the world reminds me of the problems in my own life. I cant just point the finger I have been selfish, proud, lustful and envious, and far too often, I have been more concerned with myself than others. I share responsibility for the wrong I see all around.
This is what the Bible calls sin. It is typical to try temporary fixes to these fundamental issues those fixes are like the many fixes that havent stopped the flow of oil into the Gulf. There is only one true solution to my problem.
Many years ago, I asked Jesus to forgive me and to come into my life and to make me the kind of person he wanted me to be. I surrendered control to him. He is more real to me than anything in this life. I by no means am perfect, but he is changing me. He has forgiven me, and he is sealing the hole in my heart that used to spew so much junk.
He is replacing that junk with what the Bible calls the fruit of his Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Just like it has been with the oil spill, it is a slow process but unlike it has been with the spill, it is a solution that will not fail.
I hope my story encourages others, and while were on this topic, I want to ask for prayers for all the people, animals and environment that have been devastated by this spill.
Nate Herbst, Durango