Mar 3, 2014

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MEDITATION: He is man-made

MEDITATION: He is man-made

I can do all things in Him who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13)

Not long ago I had the cables of my car’s battery replaced.

What a hassle! The nuts were tightened up over a long time, not that easy to reach and therefore quite difficult to unscrew. I was in a hurry and also at a loss at how personally to deal with this more practical and mechanical problem.

Just looking at the mechanic’s struggle to reach and undo the nuts made me nervous. After wandering off for a while, hoping that that will bring some calm, I came back to see how he progressed.

Finally I could not help myself, I had to ask. “My friend, how are you doing? Do you know where all the nuts are seated? And will you succeed in unscrewing them?”

The mechanic was a friendly and relaxed kind of person. He looked up amused when I posed my question. As if he could not believe how one can stress over such a trivial matter. Or even doubt his ability to help.

And then smilingly he gave an answer which not only surprised me, but which betrayed a whole philosophy and outlook on life – one which stayed with me for the rest of the day. “The nut which seems so difficult to unscrew – he is man-made. If you can tighten him, you will also be able to unscrew him. You will see: in the end he will yield to my efforts.”

He is man-made! What a consoling word for our daily worries and anxieties! Because how many circumstances, situations or relationships present themselves as hopeless, desperate and irreversible, simply because we have forgotten this simple truth?

As if nothing further can be done.  As if certain matters or affairs or relationships are permanently stuck. As if we are the helpless victims of an impersonal force or fate.

No, exactly because we are in most instances the makers of our own life, the creators of our own destiny, also of the miseries, hardships and ill luck that sometimes plague our lives, we are also free and able to do something about it.

Tightened screws can be undone. And screws that proverbially have become unstuck in our lives, can be fastened and tightened again. They are indeed man-made!

Which means that nothing is so hopeless or desperate that it can’t be addressed, handled and changed. What is more: as believers we may profess along with Paul that we can do all things in Him who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13)

Carel Anthonissen

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