Thursday, February 11, 2010

Parable of the Master Mechanic

The young couple had heard all about how good and dependable the mechanic was at the little garage/gas station down the street, so they felt comfortable about leaving their car to be repaired while they shopped at a nearby store. When they returned, the smiling mechanic met them out front, and pointing to their car parked beside the station, he told them it was fixed and running beautifully. They were overjoyed and felt strongly that their faith in the mechanic was well founded. It's nice to have a Master Mechanic taking care of you. Like we've all experienced, he asked them to follow him back into the office so they could settle the bill.
The shortest distance between two points is a straight line, so he led them through the garage area to get to the office. Once in the garage, however, they stopped as he walked on into the office. "Wow," they exclaimed as they looked at the garage. "What an amazing facility!" They just couldn't take their eyes off of the neat machines, colorful pipes, and shiny tools all around. It's like their feet were glued to the concrete floors. They were really taken with the magnificent edifice to auto repair. And then they really started noticing the tools even closer. All kinds of shapes, sizes, colors, and styles. They could only stand in amazement thinking about how those tools could and should be used. They touched them, they were in awe of them, and they discussed, and even argued about, how they were supposed to function. They were totally happy and content just focusing on the tools and the facility. They were so enthralled that they forgot all about following the Master Mechanic. He was sadly waiting for them to get back to their task of following him. Tools and facilities are great - when used to carry out their purpose, but they are nothing when they're not used by the Master Mechanic.
Verily, verily I say unto you, to let any tool become more important than the Master Mechanic is to miss the purpose of tools. That will always make Him sad and cause the competition to cheer.


elizabeth said...

Oh, I really like that!!!

marymorningcrow said...

I found this story is a good exsample of how we sometimes get distract away from god.the world is a great place to get lost all new things(cellphones and computers games,clothes ect)It all looks good and shiney.But the truth is It will not fill up the void in our lives.Only god can do and thats my fill up station.

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