“A man’s heart plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
My husband’s life work evolves around measurement; precise measurement. As a young field engineer; he learned an important life lesson, from his boss and mentor, Nay Hallman.
Nay watched, as Ben laid out the last caisson, for the five story office building. It was then drilled and poured with concrete; for the purpose of supporting a steel column; imperative to the buildings’ structure. At the end of the day, Nay asked Ben, “Do you think you finished the caissons today?” Ben answered, “Yes sir.” Nay asked, “Why did you place it in the wrong location?” Ben replied, “I do not believe I did.” Nay asked my husband to refer back to the structural drawings. Of course Ben discovered, he had made a grave mistake. His assessment was wrong. The building would have been structurally unsound; if built upon a misplaced caisson. Although he had to redo the caisson, my husband’s life lesson: Always verify your measurements with the structural plans.
Ben’s life lesson speaks volumes to us as Christians. Remember; never measure your spiritual maturity with the yard stick of passed experiences or by trying to measure up to someone’s expectations. Measure your spiritual growth; based upon God’s master plan, found in His Word. Just as He measured the world in which He placed you, the Lord wants you to measure yourself by His will, His plan. You are held in the hollow of His hand. He knows every calculation. No need to fear or worry about foundational errors; His measurement will always be sound.
Prayer in Motion:
Lord, may I seek to measure my spiritual maturity, by the plans written down in Your Book versus any past experiences or knowledge I think I may have gained. In Jesus Name. Amen