A special birthday post. I’ve learned a lot this year and this was one of the main lessons….enjoy!
I came in here to fix a drawer. Now I’m covered in saw dust, surrounded by wood pieces, nails and metal railings unsure of how I got here. I’m like man, again?!
I should have put the whole thing together myself but decided to pay the furniture people to do their job. Imagine that.
Now the bottom was falling out of the drawer. So I pulled the drawer out and hammered the bottom back in but when I went to slide the drawer back into its slot, the drawer didn’t fit. I shoved. I pushed. I hammered. I laid down on the floor and gave up.
Eventually, I had my flashlight like my Grandpoppy taught me, and I was investigating what the problem may be. The railings were bent, not properly attached, screws out of place and now I have the whole thing disassembled at my feet while I search for my screw driver.
God, I was just trying to fix the bottom of the drawer. I didn’t know it would take all of this, but if this is what I have to do to get my furniture back together, alright.
He responded, “Now you get it.”
For part of this year, I thought I was in a comfortable place. If I’m honest, I was just comfortable in my hiding place. Until God literally pulled me out of my comfortable place and called my attention to the work left to do. Something about taking me deeper and higher in Him and in my faith. Really, I just wanted to be left alone. Until the bottom fell out of course.
God took me apart. What I thought was a simple repair and adjustment, ended up being a total dismantling of every aspect of my life. I was pulled out, like the drawer, and could no longer mask the hidden damage. Slowly the dismantling trickled over into my heart, location, friendships, love, life path and more. God began the painful task of pulling me apart to make me fit into the space destined for me. Sure I could have continued as I was, but what purpose would that serve? Getting by when I could do so much better?
I did not want to take that drawer apart that day. I was tired and I just wanted it to fit so I could move on to other things. The more I struggled to just have it fit without making the necessary repairs the more I damaged the drawer. The more I resisted, the more the needed repairs became obvious.
No one would notice if I just stuffed it in there and let it sit broken, right? I would know. When I finally settled down and did the work, pulled the boards apart, hammered the nails, straightened the railings, and tightened that last screw, the drawer slid in with no problems and has held up better than before.
It works that way with God. Be grateful for every time you are pulled out by God for repair. The more you resist His bending and breaking for your betterment, the more damage you do. You can’t fit into his purpose for your life if you refuse the repairs necessary to be there. Allow God to take you apart. Allow God to repair and rebuild what’s been broken for far too long.
Like a gentle carpenter, He will take your pieces and fit them together just right so you can slide into your purpose with ease. His love for you is that great. It’s always worth whatever inconvenience or temporary pain to go through this process. He can ultimately heal you, repair you, and restore you better than before. He is building a great work in you and will see it through to completion.
I’ve learned to be grateful even when I lay in pieces on God’s carpentry floor.
You are in the Master builder’s hands and He loves you too much to leave you where and how you are.