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Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “Don’t Try to Walk before You Can Crawl” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/17/08)
TITLE: The Writing Tablet
By Deborah Bennett
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I pulled the old kindergarten writing tablet from its hiding place on the top shelf of my son’s closet and sat down on his bed. Opening the pages, a sense of loss immediately overcame me as I stared at his first writing attempts so many years ago. In my mind’s eye, I could still envision that little boy with his hand tightly gripping the thick pencil and his young face contorted into a frown of concentration as I guided and supervised his uncertain efforts with my hand upon his.
Flipping through the pages of the tablet, I could easily see his progress as the uncertain scrawling of the first page gradually transformed into a strong, neat handwriting by the end of the tablet. What began as child-like scribble grew into neatly formed letters and then words.
Where had the child gone and who was the young man that had taken his place?
The transformation seemed to have occurred overnight, but in reality, I knew the young man that I now called “Son” was the product of a process that began from the moment of his birth – the process of life. Nothing about him was an accident, but rather a carefully designed work of art engineered by the master Creator.
Just as my son first had to master beginning writing exercises before moving on to more demanding skills, so must the first timid threads of belief we experience be woven into a complex tapestry of mature, unwavering faith. It is a sometimes painful process that continues until the moment of our perfection.
Only when we finally meet our Creator face-to-face will the completed design of our lives be revealed and the threads of the pattern He has chosen explained. Then we will fully understand the trials, tribulations, hope, joy, mountains and valleys that have conspired to mold us into the creation of God’s choosing. The journey will at last be complete.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)
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