The first week of January brought a severe cold snap and snow to the Charleston area. Most people here are not prepared for snow removal, ice build up and the possibility of pipes breaking due to freezing then thawing. For most of this week my husband has been repairing and insulating some broken pipes at the property we manage.
As my husband was sharing with me that one of the pipes he found cracked was under the master bath sink, hidden in the wall, I was reminded of something I had written a few years back. I came across the paper today while searching for something else.
Leak in the Ceiling
March 4, 2006
This morning I woke up at 7am with these thoughts in my head. I felt God wanted me to write them down.
Tuesday morning, February 28th When I came home from work, Mary (my roommate) told me she found some of her rugs on the floor in her bathroom wet. She said they smelled musty and thought maybe the cat may have urinated on them. I told her that wasn’t likely, but to let me know if it happened again.
Thursday morning, March 2nd Mary and I were both up early to get ready for work. She said she found wet rugs again in her bathroom and put them in the laundry room on the floor. When I picked up one of the rugs, liquid just poured out of it on the floor. We looked in her bathroom around the floor by the sink, tub, and toilet to see if there was water leaking from anywhere. We didn’t find a leak. Then we looked in the laundry room, which is right next to her bathroom. The laundry room floor had some water, but we thought it was from the rugs she had put there. I noticed a small “bubble” in the wall next to the washing machine that appeared to have water in it. I told Mary I would call the landlord when I got to work.
Thursday evening, March 2nd I had a very busy day at work and forgot to call the landlord. I arrived at home around 9pm, put away my groceries and went to the laundry room to get cat food to feed the cat. I found water on the floor, on top of the dryer, and leaking from the light fixture in the ceiling. This was not good! I grabbed a few towels to wipe up the floor and a bucket to try and collect the water dripping from the light fixture. I also noticed two large “bubbles” in the same area I had earlier in the morning. It was late so I decided to call the landlord in the morning.
Friday morning, March 3rd I called the landlord as soon as I got to work and explained the problem. They told me they would call someone and have them meet me at the house. I met Rick the plumber at 11am at my house and showed him the leak and water bubbles in the wall. The gallon bucket was now 1/2 full of water leaking from the light fixture. I explained to him that I tried to investigate where the water was coming from the night before. My bathroom is directly over the laundry room and I checked around the tub, toilet and sink, but did not find any leaks. After examination, Rick determined that the water in the laundry room was not coming from my bathroom upstairs.
We went back downstairs to the laundry room and Rick decided to cut the ceiling around the light fixture to determine where the water was coming from. When he pulled out the small 12″x12″ section of drywall, water came flowing out. He removed the glass enclosure from the light fixture and it was full of water. Rick cut out another section of the ceiling and this also had water flow out. As he looked through the two holes, he could see where the pipes were. The area over the light fixture is where the upstairs tub is located and he did not see any leaking from those pipes. He put his hand in the hole he just cut to feel for wet areas. He cut another hole in the ceiling and less water came out. He determined the water was not coming from the bathroom upstairs, but was mystified as to where the leak was.
I went upstairs and sat on the front porch and prayed that God would give him wisdom in locating the leak. Rick came upstairs to where I was in the kitchen and noticed some Joyce Meyer CD’s on the table. He asked me if they were Christian tapes and I said yes. He told me he believed in God and he could probably use some of what was on those tapes. He then shared his frustration about not being able to locate where the water was coming from. I told him I had just been outside praying and asked the Lord to give him wisdom where to find the leak. He decided to go back downstairs and try one more time. Within minutes I heard him yell, “I found it! You must have been praying!”
The leak was in a pipe in the corner closest to the outside wall. Rick determined that in the last cold spell we had it must have frozen. With the warm weather recently the pipe must have begun to thaw and then burst in a small area. The water was just spraying out of the pipe! He easily fixed the problem and was on his way. The holes in the drywall will be fixed in a week or so after the drywall has had time to air out and dry.
I woke up this morning thinking about the events of the past few days and some interesting parallels.
- water on the floor
- water dripping from the ceiling
- bubbles of water in the wall
The areas the water was in were nowhere near where the actual leak was.
How many times do we look at the “symptoms” of something and try to fix it based on what we “see” or how it appears?
When I first began to investigate the leak, I thought the water was coming from a leak in the upstairs bathroom. Reason? The bathroom is above the laundry room. Water flows down, not up, so logically it had to be coming from somewhere above. Results? After investigation we found the water leak was NOT from the upstairs bathroom.
How many times do we have people in our lives who tell us the “symptoms” of a problem, but the symptoms don’t give us the whole picture. We have to investigate further to see if the “symptoms” are a result of something deeper.
- cut holes in ceiling
- look into holes
- feel around holes
The plumber cut 3 holes in the ceiling and pulled out the drywall to try to determine where the leak was coming from.
Sometimes we have to “cut holes” into someone’s heart to see where the real problem is. How does this happen? By building relationships and trust with them.
The plumber had a flashlight that illuminated the area he cut the hole in so he could look around to determine where the leak was.
The Holy Spirit (Ruach) is the light that illuminates the areas of the heart that have been wounded. We NEED the guidance of the Holy Spirit for us to be able to “see” the wound.
The plumber took his hand and felt around inside the hole to feel where it was wet and dry. This would help him determine if he was going in the right direction. The wet area told him to continue heading in the same direction. The dry area indicated the moisture had not affected that particular area.
When the Holy Spirit begins to touch an area of the heart that is wounded, tears sometimes come. This is one way to know that God is working in that area of a person’s heart.
- continue to cut away the wet areas of drywall
- find copper pipe spraying water
- fix leak
- let drywall air out
- repair ceiling
The plumber continued to cut away the areas of the ceiling following the path of wet drywall. The area the leak was found was HIDDEN in an area not yet exposed by a hole in the ceiling.
As we continue to build relationships and trust with each other, we will be able to “cut away” the areas of our heart to expose the hidden area where the pain is from.
When the plumber found the leak, in this case, the solution was a simple one. The leak was the size of a pin hole, but the water continued to spray inside the ceiling for who knows how long. The leak was small, but was not dealt with when it originally happened. No one knew the pipe burst because it was hidden behind a wall. The damage to the ceiling happened over time.
Sometimes the area we have been hurt or wronged in can seem to us to be small or insignificant. Sometimes it can be something that happens to us over time, such as abuse or addiction. If we don’t deal with these areas, they will continue to “spray inside of us” for a ling time until they begin to manifest in symptoms that seem to be unrelated to the original problem.
The plumber was able to fix the lean in the pipe with a relatively simple procedure.
The solution to our problems may not always be simple, but there is hope with the love of God and healing by Yeshua through the Holy Spirit.
The leak in the pipe is now repaired, but I still have several holes in the ceiling of the laundry room. The plumber said the wet drywall needs to air out before he can repair the holes. This takes time.
As we build relationships and trust with people and they allow us to look into the wounded areas of their heart, the Holy Spirit will reveal to us how we can help. Once the area of woundedness is exposed, we can then help repair the damage with prayer and counseling. The wound will heal, but it takes time.
I hope this blessed you!