April 01, 2009 Dr. Dean Deppe, in a little booklet called TODAY, recently teased out the topic Personal Transformation. In a piece titled Transfor-mation Through Exper-ience, he retold a story of a piece of machinery that had broken down. An expert was called in who fixed it by gently tapping it with a hammer. When the plant supervisor protested the $100 fee for repairs and asked for an itemized bill, the repairman's response was: $1 for hitting the machine; $99 for knowing where to hit.
At the end of the piece was the following one-sentence prayer. Sovereign Lord of history, provide us the experiences that make us wise, the challenges that keep us running the race, and the failures that will prompt us to depend on you. Amen.
Perhaps it was the nature of the week, but when my husband read that aloud, my response was: "Whew! THAT is one loaded prayer!''
Beginning to unpack it, we didn't make it past the first phrase before realizing we were in over our heads with trying to figure out the why of things that happened. It also took the pressure off. Maybe we'll never know the why. Suddenly we remembered, though, that the Sovereign Lord of history also stood at the grave of his friend and wept—that his strong arms are the very ones to compassionately embrace those who have nowhere else to turn.