So here’s the scoop people: today is a guest post by Alise Wright. She is a fantastic writer with a fantastic blog and I am thrilled to have her reflect on Exodus 26. But you may be asking yourself, “What happened to Exodus 25?”
I don’t believe in Exodus 25.
Just kidding. I do and I just got a little behind with all my travels. Hopefully i will have it up on Monday and then on Tuesday or something we can get back into the groove of things.
So read the post and go subscribe to her blog. DO IT!
I asked Ben if I could guest post about this chapter a few weeks ago. He agreed to let me give it a go and I started writing that day. Then I didn’t like the way the piece was going and I discarded it and started over. Then I didn’t like the way that piece was going and I deleted it and started over again. No lie, I have written this a minimum of six times. I can’t decide if it was a good thing or a bad thing that our gracious host was out of town so I had more time to
obsess over work on this.
What has really tied me up about Exodus 26 (even though it’s why I wanted to write about it in the first place) is the whole “skilled worker” thing.
“Make the tabernacle with ten curtains of finely twisted linen and blue, purple and scarlet yarn, with cherubim woven into them by a skilled worker.”
“Make a curtain of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen, with cherubim woven into it by a skilled worker.”
For a long time, the impression I had was that being skilled was a bad thing. It wasn’t that you shouldn’t work hard, but if you were really good at something, you probably should hold back at least a little bit.
As a church musician, being a performer in any way was decidedly negative. Being showy, whether it was playing your absolute best or simply engaging your full self in the music would result in a talking-to and was cause for concern. Play well enough that people can sing along, but don’t do anything that could potentially draw any attention to you and your talents.
This resulted in me being unable to take a compliment for anything. Someone mentioned that they liked what I’d written and I would talk about how someone else was way better than me. I would receive a compliment about something that I played in church and I would be sure to point out the mistakes that I made. No thank you’s, no appreciation, just lots of self-deprecation. And not the funny kind, just the annoying kind.
When God was giving instructions for the construction of the very place that he was to dwell with the Israelites, he asked for skilled workers. Their work would be seen and admired by the whole nation, but it was still something that was to be done well.
God needs your talents today. If you have an artistic flair, he wants it. If you have a head for numbers, he wants it. If you can teach or sing or write or bake or clean or organize, there’s a place for you. Your gift is not meant to be hidden. There’s work to be done and God is still looking for skilled people to do it.
How about you? Do you have a skill that you have been hesitant to use?
Alise Wright is married to her best friend and mom to four amazing kids. She loves knitting, playing keyboards in a cover band, and eating soup. She also loves meeting new friends and you can connect with her at her blog, on Twitter or on Facebook.