I hid not my face…

flint arrowhead

Okay, so to truly appreciate the intention of this post you’ll find it worth reading this first.  It will help to give some context for what I’m about to say, the title and also for the pictures in this post.  Also a big thank you to the Wilderness College for their article on the art of flint knapping.

The night I met the Master Craftsman

I was in college and I can vividly remember that night on the front porch of someone’s house, when I first heard The Master Craftsman calling out for me – it was as if He was looking for me – gently waking me from a deep sleep.  As the noises of the party started to fade, I heard this voice in my ear say, “Are you done?” I couldn’t tell where the voice was coming from. Surprised I looked around assuming someone was there watching me. “Are you done?” I heard it again.  It might seem like a strange question but I knew exactly what He was asking. He didn’t have to explain himself. For longer than I could remember I had known that I was His workmanship and that He was a Master Craftsman. But I didn’t want to acknowledge His design and purpose.  I had my own desires, dreams and plans for my life, and I had set out to accomplish them without Him, maybe even in spite of Him.

But on that night, things were different.  And my ear was opened to hear His voice. While it was surprising to me, I was not alarmed.  It was as if I knew immediately who He was and what He desired for me to know. He spoke very little but His words had great weight and authority.  And in that moment, He showed me the true reality of the life that I was living, and it was so simple for me to answer His question… “Sorry… yeah, I’m done.”  I got down off the porch, and I walked home that night with scenes of my life scrolling through my head. I didn’t know what lay ahead of me, but I knew who was calling out for me and it was time to lay down my desires, dreams and plans and rediscover who He was.

flint knapping

And then each morning, like a good teacher, He would come and awake me with something new from His Word and seek to restore something within me which I never even realized was there.  I never realized how frail, exhausted and weary I was, until I met Him. What a great burden was lifted, and what rough yoke was broken from around my neck.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy…
I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

[The words of Jesus in John 10:10]

I remember thinking, “what a different way to look at life.”  I had been putting on chaos and disorder, death and destruction one leg at a time, like a pair of cozy pajamas for so long.  I had been deep in sleep, and I needed to be stirred out of my slumber again, and again. As an apprentice, He’s taught me that daily I am faced with a world where so many things have been stolen, killed and destroyed and that there are many things in place to accomplish just that still.  He’s taught me that apart from Him, I’m going to lay back down and fall asleep.

How long will you lie there, O sluggard?
   When will you arise from your sleep?
A little sleep, a little slumber,
   a little folding of the hands to rest,
and poverty will come upon you like a robber,
   and want like an armed man.

When I look back now at those years before I confessed Christ as Lord of my life,  I realize how I was clinging to worthless objects and hoping in vain things, believing that they had true value and worth.  I believed that if there was one who could vindicate me, he was not near. It was to the point that I no longer even asked where will my help come from?  If I was going to make something of my life, it was up to me. Weary, I lay there covered in dust.

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I also realize now that in our world it is almost magical how we can be lured to slumber, to the folding of our hands and the choosing leisure and rest.  And it has become so evident that so many things tend towards chaos and disorder. I have begun to wake up and appreciate the role the Master Craftsman had given to mankind – the chief of His Creation.  Our purpose was to subdue, exercise dominion over, cultivate and keep, so that the works of God might be displayed

Be thankful for the Lord graciously comes and speaks tenderly to us, comforting us.  He brings us into His workshop, and shares with us from His word things that truly restore our souls.  And when we take those words and eat them, we find that over time they become a joy to us and the delight of our hearts.  We wake up to the fact that we are called by His name, and that He is the Lord God of Hosts.

So when the Master Craftsman calls you, asking you to come into His workshop, learn His ways and join Him in making all things beautiful – REJOICE!  He is committed to teaching us, morning by morning, to be a disciple, and learn from Him. And as He brings us into His workshop and we watch how He does His work, we will marvel at the work of His hands.  What a joy to apprentice under a true Master Craftsman.

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We must always remember we are lost in a deep sleep, constantly wandering from our work to enjoy more sleep, and that apart from Him we are nothing and can do nothing.  But He comes seeking those who are lost. He comes to shine on those who are asleep and in deep darkness, that we might know that our light has come! He comes calling that we might be saved and experience abundant life.  Today, when you hear His voice, call out to Him, “I am lost!” And when we again come awake He will shine on us, and in Him there will be joys forevermore.

He made my mouth like a sharp sword;
    in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
he made me a polished arrow;
    in his quiver he hid me away.
And he said to me, “You are my servant,
    Israel, in whom I will be glorified.”
But I said, “I have labored in vain;
    I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity;
yet surely my right is with the Lord,
    and my recompense with my God.”

Read more from Isaiah on this here

 

We are His workmanship… and He is the Master Craftsman.

Be God’s to TEOTE!
JC

 

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