Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Dull saws and iron trees


Father Cleveland talked about a lot of things related to prayer this past weekend.  

One story he told was about a young man who took a job with a lumber company.  He was a hard worker and on the first day he went out and cut down 100 trees.  The manager was impressed as the other men had only cut down 20 trees each.  But the second day the young man returned with only 50 trees and the day after that only brought back 20.  By the last day he returned with only 2.  The manager was very confused and approached the young man, saying, "I don't understand!  Why have you only brought back two trees today?  On Monday you returned with 100!"  The young man looked exhausted and frustrated.  Shaking his head, he answered, "I don't know!  I chopped and chopped, then worked through lunch, and all I could bring down were these two trees.  It was like they were made of iron!"

The manager studied the honest young man intently before reaching out and taking the axe from his shoulder.  After studying the axe head he looked at the young man perplexedly and asked, "Didn't you sharpen the blade?"  Shaking his head, the young man responded, "No, I didn't have time."

When I am wondering where God is taking me, what His "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future" will bring...its important to realize that the waiting, the sharpening, the growing are all for a purpose.  His purpose.  

Watch out iron trees!

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