My intake manifold gasket was leaking. So, one Saturday morning my oldest son and I tore it down. We cleaned all the parts, installed the new gasket, and put it back together. Finally ready to start it up again. A few seconds into the run a loud hammering sound started coming from the engine.
“Shut it down!”
“What was that?”
“I guess we’ll find out!”
We pulled a few spark plugs and found one smashed and beaten. Something fell in the open port when we had the intake off. How careful can you be and still do it wrong? Every available precaution can be practiced and still, bang! There are rules that apply no matter how sincere the plan. Things must be accomplished the correct way. No matter how earnest, there is little forgiveness to be found when done wrong, boom, the damage is done.
The good news is that damage is often repairable. Sometimes the consequences can be reversed. There is a way to start over. So much of life is not just a matter of doing what ‘seems’ right but rather seeking to learn what ‘is’ right. There is a correct way to build a motor. There is a correct way to build a life. Anything else will be problematic, “Seek the Truth!”
Pro 16:25 ESV
There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.