The Craftsman

The man had arrived in town suddenly. No one knew from where he came,

or to where he was going. He was quiet, as if he was guarding a

secret, or perhaps pensive, but he was always cheerful. He was average

in height and weight, and there was nothing to really draw attention

to him. He liked to walk… a lot. He walked early in the morning, most

often, but he went for walks at many other times as well. One day, as

he was walking along, he noticed that a house was being constructed,

if one could call it that. Understand, the houses in this part were

not like our houses. Sometimes they were dug into the earth, like an

animal’s burrow. Other times they were twisted together, almost as if

a bird´s nest, among the trees. Or they could be built of left over

scraps of whatever was lying around. The truth is that the houses were

not well constructed at all. While the people readily agreed that it

was important to have a secure home, no one wanted to take the time,

or expend the effort to build something substantial.

As the man was taking his numerous walks, he had noticed the

craftsmanship, or rather, the lack thereof in the local homes. On this

particular day, he could not help but edge closer to a particular

construction site. He noticed that the style of construction was not

only shoddy, but quite dangerous. He asked those working on the house

if they had ever seen a house of this nature collapse or injure

anyone, and they carelessly replied that ¨of course they had seen many

people injured and killed, but that was the nature of housing. ¨

The man, observing the problems, began to help them build, or

actually, to help them demolish. It was because, he explained, the

house was not begun properly and could therefore never be built

solidly. At first, the people balked at his teaching, and at his

correction of their traditions and techniques. They did not appreciate

the intrusion of the outsider, and ¨who was he to contradict their

methods? ¨ Some of the people even left to go complain to the local

building committees about this new teaching. Little by little,

however, many of the people began to see that his practices not only

made sense, but were actually safe and secure. As he patiently taught

them about the steps of preparing the ground, laying a sure

foundation, using proper materials, and doing quality work, the

townspeople could not help noticing the difference in this new house.

As time passed, the first house was finished, and others in the town

began approaching the ¨Master Craftsman¨ as he had begun to be called.

They too realized that their construction techniques had been very

poor, and that their homes were unsafe. The Master Craftsman began

teaching them in large numbers about the proper building methods;

always with an emphasis on a sure foundation. He patiently showed them

how to build from the ground up, and he personally assisted everyone

in town who wanted help with their own situation.

Years went by, and most townspeople laughed to think about their

previous construction techniques. They scorned the way they had

accepted the unsafe and dangerous practices of the past, and they

remembered with great fondness the Master Craftsman who had come and

taught them how to really build. They smiled often, and rejoiced at

length as they raised their children in safe and secure homes, and

taught them as well how a steady home begins with a sure foundation.

This is not to say, however, that everyone enjoyed the security of a

solid home. There were a number of others, who, for one reason or

another would not release the old shoddiness to embrace the available

peace and tranquility of a rock-solid structure. These same people

continued to risk their homes, lives, and families throughout the

storms of time while the others were wisely prepared for any disaster.

The Master Craftsman

Mat 7:24-27  Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and

doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house

upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds

blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded

upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth

them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house

upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds

blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of