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Legend of the Broken Watch

August 24, 2012

Once long ago and far away (Isn’t that where all good legends begin?) there lived a man with a beautiful golden watch. The watch was very dear to the man, not just because of its precious metal and ornate etchings, but because it had been passed to him from his father and from his father before him.

But there came a day when, through no fault of his own, the man found the watch to be broken. Broken beyond what he could repair. The man knew that if he tried to open up the back of the watch to repair it, he would only damage it further. It was truly broken. And he went to bed heartbroken.

He woke in the early morning hours, startled at his own foolishness. The solution to his heartbreak was so close at hand! Living in the guest cottage at back of his property was an esteemed guest, a watchmaker. And not just any watchmaker but the most renowned watchmaker of all time! The very one who had invented watches! And he was the man’s friend!

All good legends must have a cottage at some point.

That very morning, he took the broken watch to the Master Watchmaker and asked him to repair the watch. With the kindest eyes and the wisest heart, the Master Watchmaker accepted the broken watch and assured the man that in the best of time, it would be repaired. Repaired better than ever. All the man needed to do was leave the broken watch in the Watchmaker’s care.

“Now, I know that because this watch is precious to you, you will wake in the morning wondering how the repair work is coming along. So, I want to you know that you are welcome to come every morning and talk with me about how precious the watch is and entreat me to continue my faithful work on the watch. And sometimes in the afternoon, when the watch is weighing heavy on your mind, you will want to stop by and talk with me about the work. I’ll enjoy your company at those times. We can look at my diplomas and certifications and spend time looking through the scrapbooks that tell of other watches that I have fixed.”

“Bring friends with you, if you like. We’ll have tea and recall watches that I have fixed for them. That being said, when you go from here, please enjoy the things in your life that are not so broken. Delight in the kitchen cuckoo clock that I fixed last spring for you. Be comforted by the strong ticking and deep gong of the grandfather clock in your study. Laugh at the memory of how sour the sound of it was before I refurbished it last fall. And at the same time, you can know that even when you aren’t here, I am working on the precious broken watch.”

And that’s what the man did. He came often and was restored himself by his time with the Watchmaker. He watched in wonder at the Watchmaker’s patience over the intricate work that was required to bring the watch back to beauty. And he lived joyfully while he waited for the restoration of his precious watch.

And then one day he got impatient with the timing of the Watchmaker and he began to doubt that the Watchmaker really knew what he was doing …

NO! NO! NO! STOP! WAIT!

We are not going to have the man turn out to be a fool.

We are not going to have the legend end with slanderous betrayal of this priceless friendship.  

We are not going to have the watch fall back into the inept hands of the man.

After all, this is our legend and we can give it have a “Happily Ever After” ending if we so chose.

At least for today.

Today the man is going to visit the Watchmaker in the morning with a thankful, trusting heart.

Today the man is going to go through his day with joy over that which is not broken beyond usefulness.

Today the man will end his day giving praise to his friend for his faithfulness and his abiding presence.

And today will end with the man lying down to sleep with a peaceful heart.

Today we will have a legend of Trust.  Won’t we?

Where is your broken watch?

Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.

Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this

Psalm 37

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 24, 2012 10:34 am

    I loved this story, thanks for sharing Becky!

    • August 24, 2012 1:02 pm

      Ann, the truth behind the Legend is helping me keep my focus. Somehow posting the Legend gives me some accountability on those days when the Liar whispers to me, “Did God really promise? Is He really able to put even this back together?” So glad Broken Watch found its way to you!

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