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Psalm 84

A Hammer & A Nail

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A man called for four workers,
and told them about his plan.
He said “I want to build this house,
and I want a willing man.”

The first worker said “I’ll do it.”
“So you just wait and see.”
He went and did everything by himself,
with great pride and with much glee.

“No, this won’t do.” said the rugged man,
“You did not hear me clearly”,
“I said I wanted to build this house;
you should’ve done it with me.”

“I’ll get this right” said the second worker,
“Just tell me what to do”,
The man said “I want to hold your hand,
while this plan we go through.

“I can’t do this” said the worker,
“I need both hands for the hammer and nail.”
So he let go of the old man’s hand,
who then said “Sorry, son, you’ve failed.”

“I got it” said the third worker,
“I know how this can be”,
“Why don’t you guide both my hands,
while you are standing behind me?”

“I’m sorry” eventually said the wise man,
“I had to pull you out.”
“For all the while you wrestled with me;
for in my plans, you clearly doubt.”

The fourth worker walked up to the man,
and said “Master, let me try”
“My skills are not the best there is;
guide me as we go by.”

“Let me stand beside you,
the hammer I shall hold with my right.”
“With your left hand, place true the nails,
where you want me to strike with might.”

When all is built and done, the master said:
“I welcome you into my crew.”
“I enjoyed our time together,
so this house I give to you.”

Have we become so eager,
to show off our keen and might?
That God “loves not the sinner,
but those who do what’s right.”?

Have we become too busy,
doing what we think is best?
That God is “just for Sundays,
where there is time for rest.”?

Have we become so rigid,
in our traditions and routines?
That when God calls for something else,
“Why not settle for something in between?”

Eternity and perfection –
all these in Him we will find.
And we will grow to be more like Him,
all He asks is our presence and time.

Reached out is grace – the Lord’s right hand,
we shall hold onto it with our left.
For of both arms, it is closer to our heart;
our courage, our strength, our faith.

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