Being an apprentice and learning means that practice becomes the narrative. It requires that you don’t rush it, but take it slowly. My wife and I recently made a trip down to Kennesaw, GA to see the Gray Havens play. We loved watching them display their works in word and song. Craftsmen in their domain for sure. Much of their work connects deeply to cries of my soul and as Extreme would say, it’s “More than words”.
A portion of their song, “Take this slowly” goes like this…
Of everything coming my way I believe when I need it, it will be mine So let’s take this slowly All I need is coming But it’s just beyond what I can see So if my eyes press forward in fierce alarm Just turn my head back to see To see how we got this far And I’ll be alright
Some patience required…
If you’re like me, it’s hard to patiently lean into something and give it the time that it deserves. I am not instinctively a plodder, I want to learn a thing quickly and move on. Like when you get that present at Christmas that has “some assembly required”. But things like skill acquisition, laying out a good workshop and forming good habits (just to name a few)… they take proper time. There’s something to be said for the man who has learned the pace of patience. It’s the joy of realizing the productivity of plodding along faithfully in the same dedicated direction.
My grandpa Ed was such a man. Slow and steady never seemed to win any races but he sure did get a lot done! Faithful and diligent. When I was a child I remember taking walks with him. I couldn’t focus on anything more than finding out where the trail led to. Not so with Grandpa. He couldn’t stop focusing on every little detail that was along the trail. I was constantly running ahead almost out of sight. He was constantly calling me back to observe something. A young apprentice is much like this at first in the Master Craftsman’s workshop.
Need a little light on the subject?
Today, let’s think about the long term effect of our dedication to being an apprentice and sitting under the instruction of a Master Craftsman. What will that require of us? I’ve included some verses below that have acted as a light switch to the light that hangs over the workbench, so we can see the work in front of us.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you. [Psalm 32:8,9]
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the back of fools. [Proverbs 26:3]
Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go” [Isaiah 48:17]