There are people that are only in your life for a moment, yet their words stay long after they’ve gone.
One day at work I met a young man. This young man was smiling, and though his exterior gave the impression of a cactus his character peeked through when I spoke to him. His spirit was kind, gentle, and helpful. I imagine the cactus exterior was due to a rough life, and the environment that surrounded him.
But for a moment, in our conversation, he allowed his true self to relax. The conversation was brief, and consisted of me trying to get him to see the importance of doing his work. One of the questions I pose is “what do you want to be when you grow up?” That is a question I still ask myself. My goal is to determine how much schooling they will need in hopes to spark some motivation for the task at hand.
The answers are for the most part typical for teenagers. You can probably guess. Yes. The normal six-figure professions: doctor, attorney, engineer, dentist, or professional sports player. Those seem to be the most popular. But, that day was different.
At first he was reluctant to say. That caused me to wonder if it was illegal, immoral. Or both. Breathe. I didn’t say anything. However, staying true to my inquisitive nature I continued to ask. Curiosity was moving quickly to a 10 on the rector scale. What came out next stunned me.
Have you ever asked a question expecting to get a standard answer? In fact, your expectations were so high that you had already prepared an answer. That’s where I was. But, not this time.
He looked at me, smiled, put his hand on the back of his neck, and said “I want to be a welder.”
The last word stopped my breathing mid-breath. Long enough for me to have just enough oxygen to repeat “a welder.” I quickly regained composure and smiled.
As I thought, what an honest answer I said “How wonderful! What an excellent profession, we could use some good welders!” It was like a breath of fresh air. A welder. Not a profession that TV glamorizes, or one society may deem better than the others. Not that there is anything wrong with any professional profession. We need good doctors, engineers, attorneys, etc… but, not everyone can be those. But, a welder. I loved it!
I’ve not forgotten those words. And lately I’ve asked myself – Isn’t that what Jesus does for us? You could say Jesus is a welder.
When a welder welds he turns up the heat. The flame is extremely hot, and sparks fly, as the objects are solidified. When Jesus welds he puts things together, or when broken back together. Isn’t that what happens when Jesus gets out the torch? Things in your life begin to heat up.
Us to God “and all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ…for God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself.” 2 Cor. 5:18-19 NLT
Us to the Holy Spirit: “when you believed – were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.” Eph. 1:13b HCSB
Our hurts: “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Ps. 147:3 HCSB
Our memory: “Impress these words of Mine on your hearts and souls, bind them as a sign on your hands.” Dt. 11:18a HCSB
Not only does a welder weld together, but a welder can weld two pieces apart. He does this to reinforce, and reorganize our lives for His purpose.
“Every branch in Me that does not produce fruit He removes, and He prunes every branch that produces fruit so that it will produce more fruit.” Jn. 15:2 HCSB
There is great importance in being a welder. A welder makes sure that two objects are bound together, and can withstand tremendous weight, and stress. Just think about the Golden Gate Bridge, millions of cars and trucks travel over the bridge daily. What if there was no welder when the bridge was being made? Or one that was unskilled. It would most likely collapse when they tried to cross it. But, when a skilled welder works the two, or more, objects bound together can withstand much more than as a single unit.
Not only is Christ a welder, but doesn’t He call us to be welders too?
We who are in Him are to weld:
Ourselves to the gospel: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes.” Ro. 1:16a HCSB
Others to Christ: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations…teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you.” Mt. 28:19-20 HCSB
As time has passed his words have remained “I want to be a welder.” I pray that God allows him to be one. And I thank him for sharing those six words which has caused me to think upon The Welder. The One that secures me in Himself. The One that also says – you are a welder too.
“Just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please men, but rather God, who examines our hearts.” 1 Th. 2:4 HCSB
I want to be a welder. Do you?
©Gentle Whisper Ministries 2015
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