You get older...you learn more. Or you
should. If you're the same person you were five years ago, bzzzzt!
Something is wrong. I've been learning about faith. About twenty
years ago, I read a tract that compared the theory of evolution to
the theory or creation. I became a creationist, and later, a
Christian. I've been reading about it since, and the evidence in
favor of creation is overwhelming.
According to the bible, faith is not
believing that God exists, it is trusting that He will keep His
promises. But that's not what I'm writing about.
My understanding of faith has gone
through changes. There was a time when I thought: “I know God
created the heavens and the Earth in 6 days, He can do this thing
too.” Then I thought:”I know God created the heavens and the
Earth in 6 days, He will do this thing too.” Now I realize:”I
know God created the heavens and the Earth in 6 days,
He_is_doing_this thing too.”
It was a couple days after this
realization that I was put into an uncomfortable situation. I had
just painted some numbers on a piece of equipment using the same
materials that we've used for years. There is usually always a time
crunch, meaning that a clear coat has to be applied the next day. If
this is done with careful technique, there won't be a reaction. As it
turned out, this particular equipment was older, and has a handrail
just above the numbers. When the painter applied the clear, he made
quite a few runs under the handrail, which ran down into the
lettering, and caused a bad reaction.
Paint peeled off the letters. This
equipment is owned by a --big-- government agency, they had a group
of managers and honchos coming out the next morning to look over
their freshly painted equipment. A high pressure situation.
I finished some errands and what not,
and was setting on the couch thinking to myself: “Man, this is bad.
We've done it this way lots of times, so I know it's not my fault,
but I'm the one who will be blamed. The executives will be ticked at
the repair facility, the repair guys will be ticked at me, and even
if I manage to fix the thing, will I be able to charge for my time?
All these unexpected interruptions are what keep us “financially
challenged”. It's going to cost me how much in gas, just to give my
time away. I hate this.”
Then I remembered: God IS doing
something. In fact, God, the Angels, and any people that are involved
are all waiting on guess who?!. So I got up and headed straight down
there. When I arrived, I got out my digital camera, and started
taking pictures. I was in the building by myself, and was thinking
Aha! Clear evidence that it's no my fault! And I have pictures! I put
the camera away, and got out one of the odd tools I use only every
five years or so. This day it was perfect. I was able to precisely
repair the ruined places, to where only a close inspection would
reveal there ever was a problem. It was late in the day, after
closing time I think. In walks the new shop superintendent. He asked
me what was going on. The painter apparently had made a bit of a
point that the problem was not his fault. I was able to show him what
had caused the problem. By that time, I had a couple of numbers
fixed, he looked at those too. He asked if it was possible to have
them all fixed by the morning. I told him I wouldn't leave till it
was finished. He was pleased when he left, and I DID get the job
fixed that evening. I submitted a bill for my full shop rate the next
day, and the big inspection went off without a hitch.
So remember...God IS doing something,
in fact, everyone is waiting on YOU!