By: Patricia Charlton
Tick, tock, tick, tock, the little shop echoed with the sounds of time - a chime on the half-hour and a bong on the hour. An old clockmaker listened to the beat of an old timepiece (tick, tock, tick, tick, tick, and tock). With a puzzling look, the master removed the back piece. Only his trained hands could fix all the springs, gears and moving parts.
Tenderly, each piece was removed and cleaned - old for new, clean parts for dirty. The timepiece began to tick (tick tock, tick, tock). Still the clock needed some work. With a cracked face, missing a second hand and a broken minute hand, it looked hopeless for this clock.
With a turn of a tiny screwdriver and popping of the glass face, the damaged hands were ready for repair. Gently the clockmaker replaced the damaged parts. Now, straight and shiny hands adorned the new clock face. Tick, tock, tick, tock, the second hand moved in perfect timing.
Ding, ding, ding,
The shop door swung open. “Sir, Were you able to fix my watch? It is a very special piece. I promised grandpa that I would take care of his old watch.”
Smiling the watchmaker placed the timepiece on the counter. “Have a look at your grandpa’s watch”. Tiny hands gently turned the piece over - “God has made everything beautiful for its own time.” (Ecclesiastes 3: 11 NLT)
When you fell out of step with God’s perfect timing, turn your life over to the master timekeeper for repair. Let him tinker with your broken dreams and replace your broken heart. Beauty will come out of your ashes because “God has made everything beautiful for its own time.”
Just like the clockmaker, I knew God was able to repair or restore my broken heart and shattered dreams. Broken and shattered, I turned to the master for restoration and in time beauty came from ashes.
Copyright © 2006 Patricia Charlton
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This is a beautiful piece. I had an uncle who was a clockmaker so this really brings back memories. A couple of suggestions - minor really. I am guessing that you meant "puzzled" instead of "puzzling" and I'd take the brackets away from the "tick tocks" and put them in italics as if they were actually speaking: tick, tock, tick, tock Lovely. Blessings.
I like this - good analogy of God as master clockmaker. Just a thought to begin this sentence: Out of step, with the word "If" or "When you feel out of step"(adds some clarity - at least for me).