Isaiah 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

Throughout walk 1807 there was this one common theme, even if it was not addressed specifically in any one of the talks. Where are you? Where are you going? What are you doing? A close self-examination is required to answer these questions.

For this example I take myself back to my teenage years in Maine. Dad had lost parts of three fingers on his left hand to an on the job accident. His settlement allowed him to buy land and build his first owned home. One day after demolition experts had blown up most of the granite ledge that needed to be removed, I found myself standing to the side watching my brother-in-law use a backhoe to break up and remove large chunks of rock. It seemed there was nothing for me to do. Then my father spoke to me.

“If you are going to be here, you are going to do something.”

He gave me a two pound sledge hammer and a chisel. To the east of the hole was a large piece of granite that did not seem to be affected by the blast. He said to me, “Break that up and remove it.”

“Can’t do that! This is a small hammer and a small chisel. What do you expect me to do?” I said.

“Well if you just stand there with hammer and chisel in hand, nothing.”

He showed me how to find a place where the chisel would rest in place and not move. No crack, no obvious way to break this huge rock. He said, “Do not strike it hard. Just let the hammer fall on the chisel by its own weight. Your hands will guide the work, but the tools will do the work.”

I broke that rock up and removed it, bit by bit, without breaking the hammer, the chisel or my arm.

What a great picture of using our God given gifts properly.

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  1. Thanks for letting us look into your childhood. Your training sounds like your dad and mine were brothers. I take away 3 things from your post this morning…..#1, your use of the hammer and chisel reminds me of a Sunday School song “Thy Word is like a hammer that breaketh the heart in twain”…….#2, “thou shalt remember all the way the Lord Thy God hath led thee, these 40 years in the wilderness.”……#3, perseverance. I thank my Lord for such a rich heritage, even though I took a lot for granted. Thank you, dear brother.


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