The Master at Work
As the taxi pulled away, Jane realized she had left her purse on the seat–that purse had all her important stuff in it! Frantic, she called the company and was relieved to find that the driver had found her bag. When she went to pick it up, several off-duty drivers surrounded her. “We’re required to inventory lost wallets and purses,” one explained, handing her six typewritten pages. “Everything is in here.” He handed her a box containing the purse and all the contents. “I hope you don’t mind if we watch,” he continued, “Even though we all tried, none of us could fit everything back into your purse! We just have to see how you do it.”
There is something to be said about watching a master at work. Whether it’s expertly packing a purse, peering through a glass window to observe hot fudge being shaped into little blocks of goodness, or watching a wood crafter carve a loon out of a block of wood, we all find ourselves, at some point, wanting to watch the craftsman do their thing. When I was a kid, I loved to sit and watch glass being blown and shaped into beautiful vases in Williamsburg, Virginia. There is something exciting and intriguing about watching the master at work–it helps us to better appreciate the end product and the special nature of the craftsmen themselves.
The disciples from scripture had a front row seat to watch the Master, Jesus Christ, at work. From casting out demons, feeding thousands, healing the sick, raising the dead, giving sight to the blind, loving the unlovable, showing grace to those who did not deserve it, giving mercy to the wrongdoer, and changing the hearts of the hardest people, the disciples were right there. Can you imagine all that they saw and experienced as they followed the Master around from town to town? I have to believe that there were times when the disciples could only watch in awe at the miracles Jesus performed. “Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book” John 20:30.
Brothers and sisters, I want you to remind each of you that the Master is still at work today and his workmanship is on display all around us. “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working” John 5:17. Better yet, we have front row seats to his glorious works! From the birth of a child to the continued beating of our hearts; from a fresh new day to the changing seasons; sunshine, freedom, salvation, friendships, family, changed hearts, his forgiveness, his mercy, his grace, his love–the list could go on and on! The Master’s work is on display every single day and we need only to STOP for just a moment, see and recognize these great works of the craftsman, and to give thanks for all he does for us!
Can you see the Master at work in your life? If you can, how has that truth shaped your daily walk with Jesus? Right now, in this moment, open up your heart and all of your senses, experience the amazing works of the Master and celebrate the awesome gift of all things given and created for us. “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10
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