This week I received a large box with this hand-crafted clock inside. I was absolutely surprised and breathless as I carefully unwrapped it. -Such beautiful craftsmanship. The photos don't do it justice. The cross is a beautiful walnut finish with John 3:16 inscribed. The base serves as a pen holder. "Who could this be from?" I wondered. There was a hand-written note inside with a phone number so I dialed away...
An elderly man's voice picked up the other end. I soon discovered this masterpiece was from an 84 year-old gentleman in Oklahoma City who used to watch me on channel 4. (Yes, a tear or two was on the verge). I assured him the clock arrived safely and expressed my deep gratitude. I told him I was particularly touched because my grandfather was a clock-maker and wood-worker, as is my dad. While I didn't inherit the skill, their fine work taught me to appreciate quality craftsmanship. I immediately recognized this clock as quality craftsmanship. Our conversation continued as my new friend recounted his love for wood-working along with his days in the Air Force (another similarity to my grandfather!). It was a wonderful "God moment."
I have this clock sitting on my desk. When I look at it I am reminded of three things. First, this gentleman's humility. He is using his skills in a simple way to honor God. He's not looking for praise or recognition (although he's quite worthy of it!). He's simply making himself available to be used by God to bless someone else. Second, I am reminded of my grandfather and my father. Third, I am reminded why I am in seminary.
Touched beyond measure,