What a Difference a Day Can Make

When God began to create the heavens and the earth— the earth was without shape or form, it was dark over the deep sea, and God’s wind swept over the waters— God said, “Let there be light.” And so light appeared. God saw how good the light was. God separated the light from the darkness. God named the light Day and the darkness Night.

There was evening and there was morning: the first day. (Genesis 1:1-5, Common English Bible)

In the interest of full transparency and honesty, the picture above is not of my garage. There. That’s the transparency part. Now for the honesty part. My garage bears a striking resemblance of the one above.

Shortly after we bought our condo six years ago, Cindy and I learned a little something. Moving from a three bedroom, two bath, two car garage with a formal living room and dining room with attic storage to a two bedroom, two bath one car garage that had no attic or anything else for storage can be quite a challenge.

The floor of the garage looked like that picture above. You could forget parking a car in there. Unless we came up with a creative way to store some of that stuff, or gotten rid of it, the car would never again see the inside of a garage.

One Friday, a couple of months after we moved in I decided to do something about it. I went to Home Depot, bought lumber and the necessary hardware, nails, deck screws, eye screws, etc, and I put together two heavy duty shelves that were four feet by eight feet shelves. They were supported all the way around and down the middle by 2x4s. When finished, these shelves would support quite a bit of weight.

I got to work. The job would have gone faster if I had a framing nail gun but I did not. Instead of using a nail gun, I used a hammer. When I finished assembling the shelves, installing then became an issue. Even if I could have held the shelves over my head for 20 minutes, and I could not because they weren’t just heavy, They were also bulky. I can’t remember exactly what I did now but I had the shelves up, six feet above my head. Against the wall, I screwed them into wooden studs. On the front side I had put an eye screw on each corner and another into the studs on the backside almost to the ceiling. I used parachute cord and used multiple strands between the two eye screws. It didn’t work for long. The shelves sharted to sag within a few days. I was concerned that my shelves would fall. After another trip to Home Depot and buying some chain and installing it to replace the paracord, it will take some real effort to bring those shelves down.

Before I started I thought I would do well to get one shelf installed and that I would need to work on the other side the next week. I was pleasantly surprised. I had bth shelves up, had the stuff off the floor in the garage and up onto the shelves. When Cindy got home, she could park her car in the garage again.

One day made a huge difference. We went from a mess you could barely walk through to parking the car in their again all in one day.

One day, the first day, made a huge difference for God too. I am not trying to compare my accomplishment to God’s. It isn’t even close. God can work me under, over, around, and then back in the opposite direction. I am only in this because I managed to do something that made a difference in a day.

Try walking through your house sometime, in the middle of the night with all the lights off. Even if you know your way around, navigating the obstacles, clutter, furniture, people, and pets, is difficult. If you can’t see, you have a problem.

Because God is omnipotent, I can’t help but wonder if God really needed the light or if that is something God just did. Still, when you or I start thinking about building something and we go outside or out to the garage and its dark, we will likely look for a light source. We want to see what we are doing.

It seems to me that God might have needed some help, not with the work but light might have made things easier for the rest of the week. So, God put all the heavenly bodies in place, and then, there was light. The second day, when God started working next project, God could once again see what was happening. He wanted to go get it done. And, that he did. One day made a difference between light with which to see and trying to work in the dark. Thousands of years later, that one day still makes a difference, perhaps not so much for God, but it does for you and me.

Be blessed.

Seeking the Genuine,

Copyright 2020, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved.

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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