Theology in Nails?
There are many theological references one can make about nails – the obvious one relating to the nails that pierced Jesus’ hands. However, during my basement remodel project, I thought about a different theological application of nails… the bent ones. Been there? (This picture is actually from google images, but it COULD have been taken in my basement – except that I’ve already gotten rid of the evidence… except one, which is my favorite. I will save that for another time. hahah)
I’m probably the only one that does this, but when you’re pounding a nail in, and you can feel it starting to go south on you…. do you a) stop hitting it, pull it out, (mumbling curse words under your breath – or straight out loud) and get a different nail b) hit the nail from a slightly different direction, hoping to correct it and get it “back on track” or c) continue hitting, hoping for the best? I’ve done all of the above. And honestly, when I’m doing item b above, I am thinking to myself (Every time), “this is probably what God is doing right now…. Hitting me upside the head from a different direction, hoping I will ‘get it’ this time” and then I’m sad when it goes completely south. Every once in a while, I’ve been able to correct a south-bound nail – and I am ecstatic! And I think, “VICTORY!!!” and I wonder if God gets just as ecstatic when someone “gets it” – the Bible tells us there is rejoicing in heaven when a sinner comes home – I believe that is true.. You see, the cool thing about God is that, no matter how crooked the path, He always allows U-turns. There are times when it takes us getting “hit with a hammer” to really get what God is saying to us. No matter how bent the nail, Jesus can restore us for His original purpose.
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