The grass on the ‘lawn’ at the Barn had got so long it was beginning to look like a meadow. It’s too small to have a lawn mower for, so the strimmer lives up there. As I was sweeping across in arcs, felling the tall grass and weeds, I though ‘I’m using this thing like a machete.’
It’s not what it was designed for, but unlike the lopper, which came a cropper on the prickly bushes near our garage, the strimmer survives! (I should have taken Camilla’s advice, and used a saw when I got down to the thick stems. You just hope the tool you’ve got can do the job at hand!)
I love that line, though I can’t tell you where I heard it: “To a hammer, everything is a nail.” I love it because, on many occasions, it explains why no progress is being made, though energy is being expended.
The Bible, the Words of God, is, among other things, a tool. It’s not a wish-granter, a compass, a decision maker, a source of comfort, a weapon or a shield. And yet it can do every one of these things.
The thing about the Bible is that it is the tool of the Holy Spirit. You may have your hands on it, but the Holy Spirit must be allowed to guide them. You try and twist it, to the left or the right, and it won’t feel right. Push too hard, and it’ll seem like it’s broken. It isn’t. It’s your hold that has to change.
I had a chance to play with my recently begotten electric screwdriver (electric, not sonic, I hasten to add) which I’d been waiting for a chance to use. Engaging with the Words of God should inspire the same enthusiasm in us.