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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: At the Pulpit (11/15/07)

TITLE: The Wooden Statement
By Donald Ford


I will admit my short comings are along the line of my stature. I have never been tall, nor does it look like I will be anytime soon. I will have to try to minister great messages from behind a tall lectern. Wood they even listen; could I even see them from behind this thing? Whoever built these boxes had a certain Philistine in mind.

I can’t turn back the hands of time, but I can still declare what a great God we serve. He is the giant that lives inside my rather small frame. He promised to take up residence in my heart, so I know that must be large. So even small people, if they have faith, can perform great tasks. David was just a small shepherd boy who became king. Obed was a small prophet who stood firm against an advancing army.

Every member of my family is taller than I am. Whenever cousins stop over, the first thing they have to taunt me with is, we see you haven’t grown an inch. I am so tired of this reminder. Now I know why editors of good writing, hammer home the idea that we shouldn’t use cliché, it gets old fast. I wish my family would close the book on that chapter of my life. We have well established the fact that I am short – duh!

On the weekend I would pastor my first flock. I was ready for this experience, and I hoped they would be ready for all of me. I know what my responsibilities entail and I was up to the challenge. I was there for their growth into the spiritual stream of God. He had put a deposit of Himself in me, and I was ready to administer His love and grace to his precious saints in this place.

It was Wednesday afternoon, and I was about to head into our public library. A truck pulled up with a large barrel of wood scraps on it, along with a strange looking box-like object. This item was made of wood also. It was the shortest pulpit I had ever seen in my life. Trust me when I say that, my dad and grandfather were both ministers, and I had seen a ton of pulpits at all the places where they ministered.

This wood pulpit was a mess, but not entirely useless. It had a bit of water stain on the base, which I could bleach off. But would the gentleman part with it? “Sir, what is that wood thing on your truck?”

“It is a pulpit I guess. But a rather short one at that.”

He really didn’t have to rub it in, I knew it was short; it was perfect. A little paint and polish and she is good as new. I even applied my patented antique copper color to it. This was my very own finish I developed at a lamp shop I use to work in.

I took me a whole day from sanding to finish to complete this piece. Now it looks like a real handsome stick of furniture that belongs back out there. And you can bet I will take down Goliath’s pulpit and replace it with mine; since it is not by might or by power, but by His Spirit. There I have it: my first sermon will be about the pulpit made of wood.
There are plenty of things in God’s Word that refer to wood, such as: the manger, the cross, the ark, the olive branch and much more. There will be no lack of ideas for this great sermon on my first day. The words humble, hewn, sacrifice, character, and determination are but a few of my sermon highlights. This fancy little pulpit; what a noble offering.

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Laury Hubrich 11/23/07
Very nice! I love how it ended with a short pulpit. God certainly does provide for ALL of our needs for sure and certain! Thank you for sharing!
Sharlyn Guthrie11/24/07
The story changed tenses in a few places. Despite that, I really enjoyed your title and your take on the topic. Keep up the good work.