Pencils are a simple tool. You sharpen the pencil so you can write or draw with it. It has an eraser to correct mistakes that you make with it but yet you can do a lot with it. I came across an idea that Paolo Coelha had shared in 2009 and I wanted to share some things that I gathered from it.
- There is a hand that directs the pencil: Just as a pencil, we only are able to create the most beautiful things when directed by someone’s hand, God’s hand. Thankfully, God wants nothing more but to hold us and lead us.
- A pencil needs to be sharpened: God wants to sharpen us. With His Spirit He wants to work in our life and shape us more and more into His image.
- A pencil trace can be erased: When we make a mistake and do things we regret, we can ask God to forgive us and He will erase all our sins.
- A pencil is all about the inside: There is black lead inside the pencil. 1 Samuel 16:7 reminds us that people look towards the outward appearance but God looks at the core, the heart. He knows that our real purpose and talent lies on the inside, just like a pencil.
- A pencil leaves a trace: If we lay our lives in God’s hand, our life will leave an incredible trace. Through us, God can create the most beautiful picture of himself.
A pencil. Something that we use a lot in our daily lives. Children use them in school, parents use them in the home or at work, Grandma or Grandpa might use one to write us a letter, and it is something that we can look at and remind ourselves about God. I hope that when you look at a pencil you see a reminder of your spiritual walk. We point our lives in the direction of God, we are sharpened and shaped with His image, when we mess up, He cleans up our mess, and God knows all about us. Next time you use a pencil think about all the uses it has but also think about all of the uses God has for us. Are you letting God use you the way He needs you to be used?