Well, last week we had one heck of a storm here in Waco! We suffered some damage, broken limbs, scratches to the cars and a wall damaged on my tiny shop. The wall is patched, the tree debris is cleared away and I found most of my sand paper and other stuff that wasn’t secured well.
What the storm reminded me of is that we face all sorts of unexpected storms in life and usually panic at first glance. The damage seems overwhelming and we think nothing will ever be the same. The truth is things aren’t the same, they are often better. My shop is cleaner than it’s ever been, I found things I didn’t even know I had and I reorganized everything so now I have more room!
The same thing happened three years ago when I was diagnosed with liver cancer. I panicked a little, thought nothing will ever be the same and began the process of dieing. Well, after God got a hold of me and shook some sense back into me I realized I needed to clean up some of the initial storm damage and move on. First I reorganized my priorities, God, wife, family, church and making sure I didn’t leave my wife any messes that she would have to clean up later.
It took some time to reorganize and I had these annoying new chores to tend to, surgery, radiation, chemo-therapy and more doctor visits that I can count. Then I discovered something I didn’t know I had…....... WOODWORKING ABILITIES. I never thought I could do some of the neat things I had seen others do, but thanks to LumberJocks, Woodworking Guild of America and many other resources, I was able to nurture the tiny bit of natural talent I didn’t even know that I had.
Now I spend my days making saw dust, trying new skills and on bad days I can still watch videos about woodworking, look at your projects, get advice and be motivated to get back at making sawdust!
So things aren’t the same after the storm, nor is the storm over, but woodworking has brought sunlight into a dark situation. Things are far better than they ever have been for me and my family! The Apostle Paul said, “for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:” Phil 4:11
As you read this post, I am sure of something about you. You are either in a storm, just been through one or one is on the horizon. That is just part of life. I hope when your storm comes you will be able to keep on making sawdust. It’s good therapy! Jesus made saw dust in His father’s shop and He understands what you are going through. He will always be there for you as He is for me.
-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!