Shaped for Glory
During the Great Depression, a good man lost his job, exhausted his savings, and forfeited his home. His grief was multiplied by the sudden death of his precious wife. The only thing he had left was his faith, and it was weakening.
One day he was combing the neighborhood looking for work. He stopped to watch some men who were doing the stonework on a church building. One of those men was skillfully chiseling a triangular piece of rock. Not seeing a spot where it would fit, he asked, “Where are you going to put that?” The man pointed toward the top of the building and said, “See that little opening up there near the spire? That’s where it goes. I’m shaping it down here so it will fit up there.”
Tears filled this good man’s eyes as he walked away. God had spoken to him through those words: “Shaping it down here so it will fit up there.” He found new meaning in his difficult situation.
Some of you are going through terribly troublesome times. You may be experiencing some heart-breaking sorrow. Or perhaps you are enduring some painful physical illness. Or it may be something else – maybe even too excruciating to talk to anyone about. The blows of the hammer and chisel hurt. But when they do, think of the builder’s words: Shaping it down here so it will fit up there.
–From The Friend of Truth, Greensboro Road church of Christ, Jonesboro, AR.