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STEP 1—HANDING THE WRENCH OVER TO GOD
By Ernie R Heavin
Last edited: Friday, March 06, 2015
Posted: Sunday, February 22, 2015



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“Here, Lord, here’s the wrench. I don’t want it anymore. You take it while I transition into Step 2



By Ernie Heavin

A Mechanic And A Professor

Around ten years ago I had a supervisor named, Jim. Jim had an older brother who lived in the Northeast who was a mechanic. One day a professor from a very prestigious university walked into his shop and introduced himself with the following: “I am Dr. So and So and teach at _______ University. I have two Master Degrees and a PhD. I have properly diagnosed the problem with my car” and then he proceeded to tell the mechanic what needed to be done to fix it. The mechanic politely told the professor he would look into the matter and call him sometime that afternoon.

True to his word, the mechanic called the professor letting him know what the problem was and what he would need to do to repair his automobile, however, the diagnosis was not what the doctor ordered, if you will. Therefore, the professor hung up the phone, walked over to shop and approached the mechanic frustrated and angry and said, “I told you, I’m Dr. So and So and teach at ________ University. I have two Master Degrees and a PhD and I told you what is wrong and how to fix it!” The mechanic a bit perturbed at the man’s arrogance calmly tried to explain what was wrong with the car and what actions would be needed to correct the problem. Ignoring the mechanic’s advice the professor began to regurgitate the same line over again that he was a professor with various higher education degrees when the mechanic had finally had enough, walked over to the counter pulling out a rather larger wrench, walked back to the professor handing him the wrench and said, “Fine! Then you fix it!”

This is in essence the very message God spoke to Israel thousands of years ago. The people of God still showed up for worship (church if you will), they still read their bibles and prayed their prayers, but there was an attitude and arrogance about them that caused them not only to ignore what the Lord had been trying to teach them and get them to repent and have a change of heart, but even argue with Him. So one day the Lord reached under the counter, pulled out a rather large wrench and handed it over to the people and said, “Fine! Then you fix it!” Listen to what the prophet Amos was told to tell the people of God,

“The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign Lord,
“when I will send a famine through the land—
not a famine of food or a thirst for water,
but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord.
Men will stagger from sea to sea
and wander from north to east,
searching for the word of the Lord,
but they will not find it.” (Amos 8:11-12)

When God Gives His People The Silent Treatment

Scripture teaches us that there does come a time when our hearts and minds can become so stubborn that God will stop talking and give them, give us, the silent treatment. It’s not because He no longer cares, it’s because we no longer are listening or able to hear. God kept silent for 400 years and when He thought the people were ready once more to listen to His voice, He spoke, through the mouth of one of the greatest prophets of all time, John the Baptist (Luke chapter 3, we’ll be discussing this story in Step 2). This is one of the reasons the people were so excited to see and hear this voice out in the desert. Finally, under Roman rule the people were seeking to find the Messiah and although John the Baptist was not the Messiah, he was the introduction to preparing the hearts and mine for Him, Jesus.

What Are You Looking For And What Is Your Greatest Need?

Now for the difficult part, the sharing and participation of Step 1 part. I have had to ask myself while undergoing this seeking a new job adventure if I have been arguing with God about what the problem is and how to fix it and He has been trying to explain to me what really needs to occur to address the challenge……..and I have been ignoring him as well. You see, I have a lot of gripes and I will go even farther and state that my complaints are quite valid (or at least they are in my limited view). I am in the “job search” mode because the place I work for has not given raises in over 10 years and has practically slashed our retirement benefits to nothing all because a few at the time were irresponsible with their positions also causing many to lose their jobs, all the while the very ones who caused the problem got off scott free. I’ll continue. I finally had to resign from preaching at my congregation (I’m a bi-vocational pastor) because there were a few who controlled all the strings and I just couldn’t serve in ministry there anymore. I’ll go on. Because I resigned I also lost half of my income. To merely preach for a paycheck was just morally wrong to me. And so I wonder if the discussion has been going on like this between the Almighty and the All Me:

Ernie: “Listen, Lord, I need a new job. And now! I’m not the one who misused the funds. I’m not the one who spent what we didn’t have. I’m not the one who kept up with the control and power trips so I couldn’t get anything done. I need a new job, now! That’s what the problem is and here’s how You can fix it! In Jesus name, amen.”

The Lord: “Your problem is not that you caused the problem, your problem is you are becoming resentful and holding on to grudges and not letting this stuff go. Your problem is that you’re digging yourself into a deeper hole and you need to just get rid of the shovel and let it go. Let it go.”

Ernie: “Listen, Lord, I need a new job. And now! I’m not the one who misused the funds. I’m not the one who spent what we didn’t have. I’m not the one who kept up with the control and power trips so I couldn’t get anything done. I need a new job, now! That’s what the problem is and here’s how You can fix it! In Jesus name, amen.”

The Lord: He reaches under His divine counter, hands me a wrench and says, “Fine! Then you fix it!”

I don’t have 400 years. I turn 56 in two months. Even if I find a new decent paying job, what kind of a chaplain, pastor, or employee will I be if I don’t let this stuff go? I know I need a new job. More than that, God knows I need a new job. But the real question is, “What am I looking for?” and “What is my greatest need?” and will both questions have the same answer? I can’t fix the problem where I am presently employed just like I couldn’t fix my last church and I can’t fix the situation of finding the right place to be. Experts will tell me if I pay them enough money that they will fix my resume or coach me or do this or do that and THEN I will fix this employment problem, but my heart tells me I need to hand the wrench back over to God and let Him fix it. And so that is what I’m doing right now, at this moment as I type the very last words of this article, “Here, Lord, here’s the wrench. I don’t want it anymore. You take it while I transition into Step 2.”

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Handing The Wrench Over To God, an introduction
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Reviewed by Ronald Hull 2/22/2015
I have known arrogant people like that. Often, I find they are quite insecure and have gained their credentials through nefarious practices… Hence their insecurity.

Ron

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