Monday, April 02, 2007

"Has anyone seen my screwdriver?"

Yesterday, I replaced the light bulbs in the garage door opener on Stephanie's side of the garage. A seemingly simple task I know but it is actually more involved that it sounds. First, you can't reach the light on just a simple stool, you must get out the ladder. Then, you cant just twist simple screws to remove the cover, you have to use a screwdriver. Not just any screwdriver will do, but a long screwdriver because of the location of the single screw that holds the cover on.

So, I got out my ladder and my cordless screwdriver with not one, but 2 long extenstions. I was good to go. I had 2 bulbs close by, I was ready. How wrong I was.....

I got the cover off no problem but the bulbs that I had were wrong. I needed 2 40 watt bulbs instead of the 75 watt bulbs that I had. This meant a trip to some store somewhere to pick up bulbs.

After a trip to Eckerds to drop off film and get bulbs, I was back at it. Up the ladder I went and replaced the bulbs no problem. In the meantime, I had knocked off my cordless screwdriver and it fell to the floor. At the time I didnt think about it but the screwdriver tip had come out of the extension and was now not found anywhere. I crawled around on the floor looking for it for about 15 minutes before I gave up and got another tip.

Finally, the bulbs were replaced and the cover was put back in place, my tools were put away and I was done.

At this point, you are probably wondering why in the world this would be worthy enough to even think about posting here on my blog. 2 reasons that I was reminded of this weekend:

1 - Nothing is ever as easy as it may seem. First you may have to get out of your comfort zone, you need the right tools for the job and it may involve going somewhere. Working on a ladder is not my idea of fun. Sure it was only a 6 foot ladder but working near the top still isn't like having your feet on the ground. Next, I couldnt use just any screwdriver. I had to have one with a long reach or use extensions like I did. Finally, I had to make a trip to get the right parts when I thought that I had them. What seemed to be a 5 minute project turned into an hour.

2 - Searching for the srewdriver tip reminded me of the story in the bible where the sheep hearder left the flock to search for the one lost sheep. Sure, I had other tools that would have worked but I stopped what I was doing and looked for that one lost tool. Just like the sheep hearder.

I grew up around tools. Dad had a toolbox full of them. Screwdrivers were on one side with standard wrenches with metric wrenches on the other. The lid had a sticker on the inside of it and it was dirty and rusted. It was your typical tool box. My brother and I were always using Dad's tools. And of course, losing them. He had his garage and we had an old barn out back where we took apart our bikes, motorcycles, go carts, etc. Somehow between the garage and the barn, numerous tools were lost. Some I lost. Some he lost. Somehow he always got blamed for losing them. I think they got lost because we gave up and never really looked for them anywhere but in dad's tool box.

Fortunately for us, we aren't tools in God's eyes, We are his children. He will never give up on us not matter how lost we are.

For years I have asked the question 'What is God waiting on?" We have made such a huge mess of the world we live in I never could imagine why Christ hasn't returned. Last sunday it was answered for me. God is waiting for that one last person to come to Him. He is still looking for that "lost tool." God loves us all, regardless of our past, and doesn't want anyone to miss out on eternal life with Him.

Today, my brother has more tools that me and my dad combined. Of course, he and I still borrow tools from dad from time to time but now we have our own tool boxes. His is a new craftsman that he and I both got for Christmas this year.

Mine, still has that sticker in the lid and a little rust around the edges from years gone by and I wouldn't give up dad's old toolbox for anything. It just means I need more tools to put in the new box.......

Dear God,
Thank you so much for Your patience. Regardless of how much of a mess we have made with our world today, how much a mess we have made of our individual lives, You are patient and consistant. You never give up on us. You welcome us back each time that we lose our way and point us in the direction that we need to go. Help us to be patient until Your work here is done and you take us home.

Keith

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