[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/jWC_lrDobYk" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]We need to be reminded of the blue skies that we can all encounter in our mind's eye. We can all create a new perspective on life if we look through the right lens. Its how you see things and value things. let me tell you about the parable of the bench. Among the many things I did today was the refurbishment of an old bench that has been sitting outside my study window for years. Its become weather beaten and the worse of the elements. Mrs italker told me to junk it and buy a new one. I decided it was worth saving so I went in search of the right kind of paint. It took me a while because I wanted the texture of the oak wood to be seen in the bench when it was painted. I finally got this shade called "Holly" I think it looks the part. Here is the result halfway through the process. The thing is I could have left it that way as a kind of talking point. it could have been an entry into the Tate Gallery of Contemporary Art. I could argue that tis picture has a profound meaning. It reminds me that often I want God to start things in my life but I actually don't want him to complete the work he has started. Its as though there are aspects of my old life that I want to hold on to for just a bit longer. The unfinished bench also reminds me that God actually is working on my life at the moment. He has a plan which he is going to complete. The other thing is that no one is going to sit on this bench until it has been completely finished. No one wants to sit on wet paint. However if the truth be told when this photo was taken the paint had been dry for at least an hour. So I guess the motto is "you can't tell a bench by looking at its colour" Anyway I'm sure you want to see the finished article. Here it is renovated and waiting to be used once again in the garden as a valued piece of the garden furniture. You see it was worth saving.