Sun, 3 March 2019
In the early 1900s Los Angeles, California was rapidly growing. To supply the city with needed water, a massive, concrete dam was built in the mountains above the city. The St. Francis Dam was finished in 1926. Once the reservoir filled, the seemingly indestructible dam held back more than twelve billion gallons of water.
Almost immediately upon completion, cracks began to appear in the massive wall. Fissures widened. Seepage grew. The engineers and architects were aware of these issues, but they felt that these faults were in keeping with a dam of this size. They further believed that there was time to correct the problems.
But two and a half minutes before midnight on March 12, 1928, the St. Francis Dam catastrophically failed. Hundreds of lives were lost as a wall of water and debris swept down the St. Francisquito Canyon. It remains the second greatest loss-of-life disaster in California history behind only the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire.
Small fissures and cracks should not be ignored. Left unattended, they widen. They threaten the integrity of the very structure they populate.
What’s true for concrete structures is equally true for our lives. Small cracks in our character cannot be ignored. They inevitably widen. They put our families, our friends, our careers, and our testimonies at risk. A catastrophic failure is the likely future of unattended fissures in our character.
Samson, the seemingly invincible strongman of Israel, started well. But soon enough, cracks in his character started to appear. He ignored them to his own peril. Only God’s grace kept him from being a total loss.
This Sunday we will revisit the account of his life and learn how to avoid, detect, and correct the cracks that threaten our lives. God’s grace is our hope as well!
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