This weekend simply moved fast. We’ve been working on a in home project for some time now and it is really coming to a head. We’ve been remodeling a 6.5×7.5′ bonus room in our home to be a craft room for my wife and kids. This weekend my wife’s dad came in town and I somewhat assisted him with the installation of the solid wood laminate we selected. This was a challenging task because we had just enough flooring to cover the entire space.
Since my weekends are busy with youth ministry, I did not get to contribute as much to the flooring installation. But I was given the task of removing the casing for the doorway so that we could get the flooring installed properly. I had to carefully break through the bead of caulk with a razor blade up and down the edges of the casing. Then I took a 5 in 1 and slowly pried and loosened the casing from the wall. After that I took my wonder bar and gently pried the casing from the wall. It was important to do this as gently as possible so that we could remove all the nails from the casing, install the flooring and use the same casing again. We did not want to crack the casing or break it making it useless for future purpose. Still we had to take it out to complete the flooring project.
Kendall’s dad showed me how to use pliers to simply pull the finishing nail through the back of the wood. This way we did not scar or damage the front of the casing. Then Kendall’s dad took the casing after he installed the finish of the flooring and used his finishing nail gun to nail the casing back into the wall.
My little part of the project caused me to reflect on how God crafts us into His creative workers. He works on us gently, showing us our flaws and the ways in which we prevent other members of his creative work from completing their task. I wonder how many times in my life I’ve been unaware of myself and not realized how I stood in the way of what others were supposed to accomplish. This is much like how the casing stood in the way of the completion of the flooring project.
Yet, God removes us gently from the situation if need be, He allows others to finish the task that they are meant to complete. Meanwhile, our Father gently takes us and works on us, removing the nails, adding a new finish, and nailing us back into the his creative work to fulfill the role we are meant to fulfill.
Eph. 2.10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
Rom. 8.28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.