God is the Master Builder
Tap. Tap. Tap. Campers are learning to use small hammers, building crosses and birdhouses at the woodworking center.
Each girl there has a hammer and nail, and is busy driving her nail into the top of a wooden table. One girl, Angelene, though, taps softly, careful to hit the head of the nail each time. She grips the hammer with a small, 6-year-old hand, and each gentle strike drives the nail further in. Sometimes, it leans every so slightly to the right. Sometimes when the nail lists to the left, she stops and straightens the steel spike.
Tap. Tap. Tap. She keeps at it, showing steadfast perseverance, even though the other girls have already driven their nails deepinto the wood and moved on to a wood kit.
She stops after several minutes, and looks at her counselor, Kayla. “Look! I’m making it so beautiful!” she exclaims. Kayla nods and agrees, “Yes, you are.”
And I think how beautiful and persistent is God, tap, tap, tapping out his master plan in each camper.
Hebrews 3:4 – For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.
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