I was recently at our church getting ready for the upcoming Sunday Service when I found this treasure in storage near the front of the sanctuary. I looked at it with amazement for I knew it had seen many a battle and had withstood the test of time. Either that or it had been uncovered after the flood waters receded when Noah and his family found dry land.
No matter how it arrived . . . there is certainly a story to be told. A carpenter who just could not let go of his prized hammer despite the fact it should have been retired a long time ago. Or it could have been “Buddy Budget Watcher”, the helpful church member who constantly monitors every penny spent in the church. For whatever reason . . . there it lay.
Fear had kept someone from tossing it out long ago . . . or it was destined to be a reminder of how far we had come. We should always be thankful for all that has come . . . and all that has gone . . . however, we have to be careful that we do not cling to those things that need to be released.
It reminds me of folks who dwell in their past . . . all though the good times are wonderful, sometimes we should let go of the burdens so that each one can move forward. The Big Man upstairs has a plan and if you are still holding on to the same old hammer . . . He cannot give you a new one.
Trust Him . . . just thinking!
But forget all that—
it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.
For I am about to do something new.
See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?
I will make a pathway through the wilderness.
I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.
Isaiah 43:18-19 NLT