I turned the news on briefly tonight to see if they were showing the local annual Parade of Lights. While it was on, they highlighted an organization called RAWtools. They take donated and surrendered guns and make garden tools out of them. As I listened, I thought of the scripture in Isaiah 2:4, ““They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation; they will train for war no more.” Just then, the man who was being interviewed said that he was influenced by that scripture. He thought about how that might look in today’s society and started the business. He wanted to take a non-violent stance and actually do something real that would make a difference. The organization doesn’t just make rakes or forks, but they host events for people to donate their weapons, to tell the story of why they made that decision, and to help craft a new tool. Each part of the process is intentional and helps heal wounds of violence and grief. This one man took a look at the world, meditated on God’s Word, and created a tangible way to bring the scripture alive. It was a beautiful story with a wonderful message.
I Found God today in one man’s non-violence impact.