I went to Harmons, Jamaica for a mission trip in June 2012. Before we left we had the opportunity of walking up this mountain to see a man by the name of Stick Man. He makes walking sticks like the one you see above; that’s the one I brought back with me.
It was very neat listening to the process of creating one and it gave me an example to correlate our own lives with 🙂
Here are the steps according to my memory:
1) You have to pick the sticks
The walking sticks are made with yam sticks that grow in the ground so Stick Man would go to the area where they were and he would pick as many as he needed.
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” – I Peter 2:9
God specifically hand picked you to fulfill a magnificent purpose in your lifetime.
2) You have to strip the top layer off by shaving it off with a knife
After Stick Man gathered the sticks he took them back to his home and shaved the outer layer of the sticks until they were a lighter brown color
“He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” – John 15:2-4
God accepts us as we are when we first come to Him but He doesn’t expect us to stay that way. The way that we walk, talk, act, and think should be external evidence that we have made an internal change. In order to get us to be more like Him He has to prune us and remove anything that is unlike Him and a hindrance; anything unappealing to Him.
3) You have to carve the design into the stick
Once this topcoat was removed, he then was able to start the carving process. At this stage is when he cut the patterns and indentions into the stick. He made each stick unique.
“Yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” – Isaiah 64:8
Each of us are fearfully and wonderfully made by God (Psalm 139:14). God took a great deal of care to shape and make us exactly the way He wanted us to be before we were born.
The shaping and forming didn’t stop there though; God is constantly shaping and molding us to look more and more like Him daily. This process can even be painful at times. Cutting out bad habits and cutting off harmful relationships are two examples of ways you may feel the ‘cutting’ in your life.
4) You have to put the word on it
Not only did Stick Man decorate the stick with patterns but at the bottom of the stick he also carved a scripture on it. The scripture on mine is Psalm 119:105.
“This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel
after that time,” declares the Lord.
“I will put my law in their minds
and write it on their hearts.
I will be their God,
and they will be my people.” – Jeremiah 31:33
God desires for us to have the word engraved on our hearts. Knowing His word helps us to live, act, and be right. If the word became flesh (Jesus Christ) and we are made in the likeness of His image then that means our lives should be reflective of what the word says.
5) Finally you have to paint & polish it
After doing all of this, the stick is now ready to be painted and polished.
“He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” – Psalm 91:4
We are promised protection when we dwell in God’s shelter. After going through that entire process God covers and anoints us. Then we are ready and equipped to be sent out into the world and be used for what our purpose is. God writes our name at the top of our “stick” to signify that that is our purpose/assignment. Therefore, that is why is it pointless of trying to be someone who you were not created to be.
Our purpose and assignment in life should help others to walk more upright and straight. If your life is causing others to stumble and fall then you aren’t walking in purpose.
Is your life being used for the Kingdom of God? Are you a “walking stick” and helping others to improve?
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