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Topic: Craft (as in handcraft) (02/08/07)
TITLE: God's Blueprint
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“”Wow, look at me! I am a gorgeous! I’ve been created out of such beautiful, quality filled pine wood. Feel the smoothness of my grain, this result takes time and patience. Check out my sturdiness, I’ve been meticulously screwed together so I can stand strong. I’m not only gorgeous and strong, I also provide a purpose. If I didn’t know any better, I would think I was handcrafted at a warehouse somewhere far, far away, but I am not! I was handcrafted in a freezing cold basement by the hands of an amateur, or so I ignorantly assumed.
My handcrafters name is not a popular brand name, and I haven’t been stamped with the approval from an official mark saying “made in…” not that there is anything wrong with that. No, Bob is his name and this pleasantly surprises me. You see, Bob was raised by all women. This includes, Bob's mom, his Aunty Jan, and his Nanni. To my knowledge, none of these fine women have skill saw experience! All these years, this talent, this gift has not been unwrapped but kept a very big secret, not only to Bob's wife but to the hand craftsmen himself. One day, Bob and his wife Julie were visiting a friend and Julie took a fancy to her friend’s book shelf she noticed so neatly tucked in a corner. With a casual, nonchalant motion of her finger, she pointed it out to Bob. Bob received the “look” and began to photograph a vision. The thought process of the blue prints invaded his mind. Supplies were bought, and Bob's gift began to unwrap deep in the cave-like room of the basement. Julie really had no idea exactly what was going on down there and she didn’t want to appear snoopy or cause Bob to be nervous in anyway, though curiosity was flooding her mind.
Once in a while, Julie would hear the skill saw, and then the whine of the electric sander that sounds similar to the annoying drill the dentist seems to be so handy with. With anticipation building each day and with amazement, It didn’t take as much time to build as Julie and Bob thought. Today, I stand here, tucked in a corner so elegantly displaying family photos of memories gone by. I am a finished product. I am adored and praised by all who visit. I do say that I’m just as nice as Mr. Brand name. The best part of this adventure is that a gift has been discovered and unwrapped for all to adore. Where did this gift come from? Clearly this talent was not learned from the dad who wasn’t around, and not from the loving ladies who implicated more domestic qualities than power tool lessons. (Which Julie also loves and appreciates about her husband) I believe this fine hand crafts man was also handcrafted by his loving Heavenly Father who knew Bob before Bob knew himself. God also had the time, patience and vision to create something wonderful and purposeful. Bob applies his talent in unique ways and for many people who are always blessed by his gift given from above.”
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