God’s perfect plan

By ADRIN FLETCHER Former Rockdale minister
Last week, I mentioned the gold pocket watch with which I was entrusted by a precious friend in Edinburgh, Scotland. I think that he has been introduced to you in earlier articles. His name was Willie Pannett, and he was a watchmaker extraordinaire.

He had been trained in the art of watch making in old world Europe. I never learned much of his painful story, but I do know that he had escaped Poland when the Nazi’s took over.

Willie settled in Edinburgh and plied his trade for many years. I met him near the end of his full-time work and visited him regularly after his retirement. He and his wife had no children of their own and only some distant nieces and nephews.

Willie “sold” me his personal pocket watch because he had seen too many folks who had inherited valuable watches and jewelry bring those items into his shop and sell them just for the value of the gold and gems. He believed that I would treasure and keep his watch and hand it on to my children, so he virtually gifted it to me.

I had also asked Willie to find me a brass carriage clock. These beautiful little clocks were made to fit into special “holders” in the inner wall of enclosed carriages before wearing or carrying watches came into fashion.

They are small clocks with brass framework enclosing glass panels on four sides and sometimes the top. The clockworks on the inside are brass and make an interesting display as the clock works and the gears turn visible through the glass panels. Each carriage clock has a brass handle on the top to facilitate moving the clock back and forth between the house and the carriage.

After some prompting, Willie found me such a clock and we have enjoyed it for many years. However, after some years in storage, when we unpacked the clock here in Munday it no longer would run. A clock repairman has looked at the clock and told me that too many of the irreplaceable parts are broken or have worn completely out. I mourn the passing of the instrument, but it still makes an interesting decorative object.

My point is, the clock has just completely worn out, but it is two or three hundred years old. We cannot expect the things of this world to last forever.

We sometimes sing an oldfashioned song at Lions Club that has this line: “...the clock stopped, never to run again when the old man died...”.

While this life and this earth hold only the promise of death and decay for us, the Bible tells us of God’s wonderful plan for eternity. Aren’t you glad?

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