Pay Attention to the Design Details

When I was a teenager, I took a drafting class in the pre-computer dark ages of this important craft. The year was 1967. The teacher, Mr. Harold Pribbenow, was a stickler for details. He knew that the drawings we made in the future would have to be accurate so that the builder could create the object(s) needed. This might be a part for a large machine, the floor plan of a house, or a piece of furniture. Everything had to be according to the rules of drafting he taught. This included picking the right pencil hardness for the different parts of the drawing.

Mr. Harold Pribbenow was my drafting teacher at New Berlin High School

Design  Matters

The word “design” is used as a noun (a thing) or a verb (an action). When I was designing the bunk beds for my daughter’s birthday gift in 2018, I asked her what functionality she wanted. We talked about the size. The strength and safety features were important, because boys can be unpredictable in how they enter and exit a bunk bed. Then, before buying the lumber, cutting the boards, and assembling the finished product, I created a rough drawing to show the look before I started the construction. The drawing was a design.

The bunkbed design sketch for my daughter’s birthday present

The Home Office and Gordon Miller Woodworks

A friend, Gordy Miller, is building something for my home office. He built some other cabinets and shelves for us, so I asked him to build another unit. I created a sketch to give him the design elements based on the purposes of the new cabinet. Here are some pictures of things Gordy already built for us, and my design sketch that I gave to him earlier this month.

The Construction of my Hands

When I build something, I use my hands. Two hands are better than one, so in God’s design, he included two hands on the ends of movable arms. The hands have a great deal of functionality. They can pick up a fragile infant, pound a nail with a hammer, or steer our Ford Escape down the freeway. The thumbs are important. The fingers serve many purposes. The grip strength is vital. Even the fingerprints show the unique design of the Creator. No one has hands like mine, but everyone has hands like mine.

God, the Creator, was also the Designer. Thankfully, He is also the Sustainer who holds everything together with his Almighty Hands. His hands support me with a gentle touch. His creation, designed and built by him, proclaim his glory. His right hand does and will work justice. And his hands were the hands pierced for my sins and that make my redemption and justification possible.

Take Comfort From God’s Hands and His Plan

Psalm 18:35 “You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand supported me, and your gentleness made me great.”

Psalm 19:1 “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.”

Psalm 21:8 “Your hand will find out all your enemies; your right hand will find out those who hate you.”

Psalm 22:16-18 “For dogs encompass me; a company of evildoers encircles me; they have pierced my hands and feet – I can count all my bones – they stare and gloat over me; they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.”

Five Minute Friday

This post is part of the weekly Five Minute Friday link-up.

All scripture verses are from the English Standard Version.