May 16, 2014

Hammer Time!

I came upon this amusing story in Reader’s Digest many years ago.

“While I was sitting in my parked car on the street one day, a young woman in the car ahead came over and asked me if I had a hammer that she could borrow. When I said no, she got one from the man in the car in front of hers. She then deftly proceeded to smash out the vent pane on the side of her car. After returning the hammer, she opened her door, took out the keys, and waved them at us with a triumphant grin.

As she drove away, the fellow who lent her the hammer came over to me and said, ‘If only she had told me what she wanted the hammer for I think I could have helped her. I’m a locksmith.’”

How much do we tend to go through life hammering away at fragile and valuable things we do not understand and cannot solve, when there is power available to us just for the asking? We break and hurt so much in ourselves and in others when, if we would but ask, we could resolve the matter far less painfully.

Jesus once said: “Ask and it shall be given to you.”

Come, Worship
Stay, Learn
Go, Serve

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