I had not planned on spending my vacation medicated on the couch, but there you have it. Me, a pillow supporting my head, a book to read, and a bottle of anti-dizziness pills. Fun Times!
I had planned to take the last two weeks of August off from work so that I could rebuild my deck, which was showing far too much dry rot. My son, Jonathan, would be home, and able to help me do the heavy lifting. I had completed about 2/3 of the demolition work, removing the old decking and the bulk of the handrails. I had ordered the materials. But then vertigo took over and I found myself on the couch.
Thanks goodness for the generosity of gracious, gifted friends! Bob Butcher, a carpenter from our church, and his son, Alan, offered to come over and help with the deck. They showed up yesterday and together with Jonathan, tackled the project. In one day, the three men finished the demo work, replaced the support posts, beam, joists, and reinforced the stairway. Now all that remains is adding the decking, balustrades, and handrails. I am hopeful my balance will return soon so that I can pound a few nails of my own before the project is complete.
My son reminded me of King David’s experience in 1 Chronicles 22:6-10. David had wanted to build a temple for God. Instead, God said that his son, Solomon, would be the one to do the job. Sometimes, you have to allow others to help you accomplish your goals and dreams.
As I watched the men work, I was also reminded of Ephesians 4:16, where the body of Christ builds itself up as each member uses his/her gifts in service. Watching a gifted carpenter at work made me realize it would have taken me all week long to accomplish what they did in one day. I would have cautiously plodded along and made countless mistakes and false starts, while Bob knew exactly what to do and how to do it.
I am grateful for Bob, Alan, and Jonathan, and all their hard work. I am in their debt.