A Matter of the Heart

Dec 17 2012

Verse of the day: Revelations 2:10 “Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer…… Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.” (NIV)


Crown Block and Back
There is a term in the oil field called to the crown block and back.  So, for those of you who have never heard this term before let me give you a quick lesson as to what it refers to. If you have lived anytime in the Four Corners area you have probably seen a rig standing in the air some place in the county. As you can see from the picture above the crown block is the highest point of the rig and sits at the top of the derrick which has a very large pulley/wheel attached to it. The engine powers the draw works which in turn allows a cable system to raise and lower the traveling block from the rig floor to the crown block. This is how the rig is able to raise and lower pipe in or out of the well bore. And no job can be completed without many trips to the crown block and back. So, when you hear the term to the crown block and back they are referring to the tripping of pipe from the rig floor to the top of the rig.

You might be asking what does a rig and all these terms have to do with our hearts and life in general? Well for me I think it is a good correlation between our lives and how God can use us if we allow Him to. So, allow me to change a few of the terms and see if it starts to make a little more sense to you. Think of it this way, God being the engine which empowers the Holy Spirit (draw works) and Jesus is the (derrick and sub structure) solid foundation on which everything is built on.  The traveling block represents our journey throughout our life--sometimes up (crown block or mountain top experience) and sometimes down (rig floor/ mud pit or in the valley). So, together the Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit orchestrate our hearts and lives--that is when we are connected to Them (Cable) through prayer, Gods Word, and acts of service towards others.

And, just like a rig cannot complete a job without many trips from the rig floor to the crown block neither can our lives be all that God wants them to be if we stay in one place. While it would be nice to live our entire lives on the Mountain top with God that is not where He allows us to stay. We can’t expect to be of any use to the Lord if we stay in one place. And, just like the traveling block on a rig is of no use if it is standing still, so our lives will reflect the same if we don’t allow God to use us wherever or whenever He wants. There are times when He wants us in the valley where once again God can use us to help bring someone else to the crown block to experience His love, mercy, and grace.  John 2:6 tells us “To the roots of the mountains I sank down; ……But you brought my life up from the pit O Lord my God.” (NIV)

Regardless where you find yourself today at the crown block (mountain top) or on the rig floor (valley) or someplace in between, just know that God has a crown of life waiting for you. It’s all part of His plan and this journey we call life. So, the next time you see a derrick standing in the air and you see the traveling block going up and down let it remind you of God’s amazing love and promises He has for your life like Luke 21:19 “By standing firm you will gain life.” And as long as we stay connect to God and stand firm in our faith God will complete the task at hand and one day we will hear those sweet Words Well Done thou good and faithful servant!

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