Wood shavings covered the entire back porch of the old farm house. Two wooden rocking chairs were moving forward and backward at a lazy pace. Glasses of lemonade were sweating in the hot summer sun, leaving water rings on the railing ledge.
“Grandpa, what are whittling?” John asked as he watched his Grandfather carve a long piece of wood with a pocket knife.
“I am working on turning this unsightly piece of wood into a handcrafted masterpiece.” Grandfather answered with pride. “When I’m finished it will be a walking stick to help me keep my balance.”
“That looks like a lot of work. How long will it take you to finish it?”
“Well, that depends on how hard I work at it and how much time I devote to it.”
“This reminds me of something that takes place in the life of every Christian.” Grandpa continued.
“What’s that Grandpa?”
“You see...” Grandfather said with a smile, “the Christian’s life is being fashioned by the hand of God, kind of like I am fashioning this walking stick.”
“So, you mean God whittles and carved our life?”
“It’s sort of like that, John.” Grandfather sighed, collecting his thoughts. “God whittles the bad things out of our lives. Those things are called sins. Then He carves our lives into the Godly temple that he wants us to be by guiding and directing us.”
“Wow, I never thought of being handcrafted by God himself!” John exclaimed. “Grandpa, we really do serve an awesome God, don’t we?”
“We sure do, John. We sure do!”
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