Day 5 – The Right Tool

Well, today is Day 5 on the Daniel Fast. You’ve made it almost a week. Keep going strong! If you’ve experienced any caffeine or sugar withdrawls, you should be feeling less of those side effects by now. Many of you have commented on how helpful the recipes are in meal planning. I hope that you continue to be encouraged and uplifted by the information on this blog. Even more than that, though, I pray that you are pressing in with the Lord and being intentional about spending time with Him. Personally, I am just overwhelmed with God’s goodness and his faithfulness to be with us at all times, good and bad. I want to share what happened to me on the morning of Day 5:

Yesterday I smashed the driver’s side view mirror on my car. . . again. It’s not that I’m a terrible driver or anything. I just haven’t figured out that I shouldn’t try to multi-task while backing out of the garage.

I called my husband to let him know that I had a little “project” for him. The last time this happened he saved us around $200 by fixing the mirror himself. Because, in case you’ve never priced one, those mirrors are not cheap. And, even if you break part of it off, you usually have to buy a whole new one.

This morning, as I recalled yesterday’s embarrassing incident, I wrote the following devotional. I guess you could say this is the story behind the story.

My husband is a tool man through and through. If something around the house gets broken and needs repaired, instead of feeling inconvenienced, he is actually giddy with delight at the challenge before him. He immediately drops what he’s doing, bolts to his man-cave, and digs through his arsenal of contraptions, gadgets, and thingamajigs in search of just the right tool.

He then begins the process of restoration, making whatever has been damaged whole again. Completely focused on the task at hand, he refuses to give up if problems occur along the way. He will often work for days on a project to bring it to completion. However, there are times when he emerges from the shed feeling frustrated and incompetent because he doesn’t have the tool that he needs. Progress is halted until he finds the proper tool that will enable him to finish the job.

This illustration can be compared to our response when unexpected trials pop up in our lives. Rather than getting angry with God for allowing problems to occur, we should receive them with joy as opportunities to grow in Christ. James 1:2-4 says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

When struggles come our way, we must reach for the only tool that can help us – the Word of God. Psalm 119:11 says that the Word is a lamp and a light, which means that it shines brightly into our circumstances. It illuminates the steps we should take and gives us hope for the future. If we embrace this powerful tool God has given us, we will experience peace and victory rather than despair and defeat, even during the most difficult challenges of life. And, in the words of my handyman husband, “Having the right tool makes all the difference.”