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Fine Workmanship

Jun 28, 2011

My son, Grayson, will be a senior in high school this coming year. {cry} He loves to build things and is fascinated by flight, so he’s always spent his summers making model airplanes or small gliders. He has usually used kits that he’s purchased at the hobby store, but this year he decided to make a model plane completely from scratch, out of balsa wood and paper.

He downloaded plans from the internet (from the 1940’s no less) and set to work. He printed off the plans, which are exactly to scale. Then he meticulously copied each piece by laying the balsa wood on top of the plans and cutting and shaping them to match the diagram.

With the pieces almost all completed, he is now starting to adhere the thin tissue paper to the outside…..glued down and then heated to shrink perfectly into place. The plane is really taking shape! I’m amazed at Grayson’s patience and attention to detail as he has been crafting this delicate little machine.

It’s some fine workmanship.

Reminds me of the workmanship God is putting into you and me. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (NIV) The New Living Translation says, “we are God’s masterpiece.” I like that.

The planning, the care, the attention to detail, the meticulous placement of all the pieces, and even the heat – it’s all part of the fine workmanship that God is doing in our lives. You see, even when we can’t see the set of plans He’s working off of, HE knows exactly what He’s doing to create a masterpiece out of us.

Just like this plane, we are being built to fly – beautifully and gracefully.

So take heart. God’s not finished with you. He’s still working and crafting – using your circumstances to bend you, cutting away the things you don’t need, sanding the rough edges and putting all the pieces in their proper place. He has a purpose and a plan for you that will cause you to soar into places you’ve never imagined.

You can trust the Master Builder. He does fine work.


What is being built into your life right now, and can you see how God can use it?