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BIBLE TEXT: Philippians 1:6 (NKJV)- “being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;”
PERSONAL REFLECTION: As I type this, my hands bear the marks of a father at Christmas. For you see, the varied details of this day have been dominated by the yearly task the falls to all dads: assembly. And since we will already be away with family on Christmas Day, I have worked tirelessly today to make sure all is ready for an early Christmas surprise for my little darling.
Truth is, Momma is the real champion—as always. She has planned, cooked, bought, wrapped, and pretty much made the world go round when it comes to the festivities of gifts. However, each year I am called upon to saddle up my tool belt and shimmy down the proverbial chimney of assembly. Just call me St. Nick-Nack.
This year, my wife ordered a small cabinet that she will decorate into a personalized princess dress-up station. Sadie’s many princess dresses, wigs, crowns, slippers, and fairy wands will soon be hanging in one location made for the four-year-royalty who shares our home with us. It is a small station, or at least it was supposed to be.
It arrived yesterday—apparently from a tank or ocean liner because I know there is no way a FedEx truck could have carried something so heavy. After shimmying the two-ton box through the house and hiding it from Sadie last night, the assembly finally began today in all its glory.
Four hours later, there it stood—shimmering by the light of the Christmas tree. And there I stood, exhausted. That box must have led to another dimension like Narnia or John Malcovich’s head or something of the sorts because the parts never ceased to emerge from the abyss within. I think I literally assembled the very fibers of the pressboard. The many components spread out across the living room as if a Transformer had fought and died beside my couch.
But I stuck with it. And when a part was missing, as it always is, I did not give up because I was making something for the one I love. I customized. Personalized.
PERSONAL APPLICATION: I am reminded from this passage that not only is God making something for me; He is also making something out of me. I am the convoluted mess on the floor. The only difference is that He is not confused by any poorly written instructions, nor is He overwhelmed by the job ahead. Like any good father, His hands bear the marks of my assembly. He has already paid the full price for me and He delights Himself in my daily process.
That is the custom job of daily grace and for you and me. He will not stop until we are complete, no matter how long it takes. And when we stand in the living room of eternity, we will shimmer and all will know who to praise.
Lord, I thank You that I am known before You in every way, both good and bad. I rest today on the knowledge that You are at work in me—and that Your work is so much more important than mine. Let Your gifts of grace wash over me anew, in Jesus’ name.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
John Driver is a husband, father, pastor, author, and songwriter. He has been married to his wife, Laura, for over ten years and they have one daughter, Sadie. He graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. A former public school teacher, John loves spending time with teenagers and seeing God enrich their lives. Most of all, John loves hanging out with Laura and Sadie, especially when it involves UT athletics.
John is the co-author of Thomas Nelson’s book release, Reggie: You Can’t Change Your Past, But You Can Change Your Future