There is something incredibly magical when one turns a piece of wood. It never starts perfectly. As one picks through the pile of potential pieces, the flaws in the wood naturally and effortlessly begin to seeds doubts within the mind. Is the check to deep for the project at hand? Will the natural flaws overwhelm the potential I see? Can I muster the right choices to bring what lies within to a viable birth? Nothing is certain. I had yet to find anything that goes strictly according to the anticipated script. Even the best of intentions has poor choices embedded within.
I know the doubts. They are real, justified, and filled with potential disasters. My fears are viable realities. My uncertainties come from insight with a solid foundation. Yet, if one musters the courage, something magical can unfold. The beauty lies within. The awe and wonder carried for decades in the heart are begging for their release. Everything begins with one moment of faith, one act of courage, a willingness to fail.
At the moment, I have nothing worthy to show from my efforts in the shop. Lots of potential, great opportunities, and miracles of modern safety! In the midst of the doubters I know what can be. I have seen the results with my own eyes. My hands have held what can be again. Everything is possible.
I find myself walking in God’s shadow. I remember when I knew the Spirit was close. At times, even now, I sense God’s Presence, nurturing, caring, and restoring my soul when it needs God most.
I can anticipate God’s story that can come from today’s adventure. “He didn't begin that way. At first everyone was appalled. He didn't even look human—a ruined face, disfigured past recognition.” (Isaiah 52.14) It starts with my “yes” to God. It continues with my hand led by the Spirit. I am not different than you. We all have potential in God’s eyes. Each can make a difference with God’s hand. Today can be the birth of a new miracle in you and me.
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