I’ve worn a burn rope bracelet for 10 years now. I got it burned on the last season I was the Outdoor Recreation Director at Muskoka Woods (in the fall of 2003). It has faded some and may be a little stiffer now than it was then. It signifies that I am (or was) an honourary member of the guy’s Bible study group called “The Tool Shed“. As the explanation for the name went, it was to remind us that we are all tools in God’s shed for Him to use. As guys, it also reminded us that sometimes we are just tools.
We each have a purpose that God has created for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 reminds us that, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do“. We all need to be reminded that we have something important still to do for God. God is busy creating you into the tool he needs you to be for His Kingdom’s purpose and in His sovereign planning.
I like the idea that God has been planning my work. As I look back on what I have done I can clearly see how each job or situation or circumstance has been integral to the next task I was lead to do. I can see that the culmination of my skills is exactly what I needed for my current role as director of Camp Widjiitiwin. Looking back it is much easier to see the plan. Looking forward requires faith. Rick Warren writes, “God’s plan for your life isn’t a map you see all at once, but a scroll unrolled a little at a time, requiring faith”.
Proverbs 16:9 reminds us that, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps”.
Thanks to Jay Penner and the guys who made me an honourary member of The Tool Shed. I appreciated it and I am still reminded to be a useful tool available to God for His Kingdom’s use.