Sunday, February 9, 2014

Cement trucks by the dozens

I doubt I've ever considered the amount of cement that is needed for a slab. I was expecting 2 or 3 trucks to show up and pump cement into the forms, drive away, and then some men would level the wet mess and it would be over.

I was in for a surprising day when I arrived and had to find an alternate route to the lot because the street was covered with trucks. I completely lost count. While it is really not important, there were certainly more than 2 or 3 cement trucks in that line. Two trucks at a time were feeding cement into a huge pumping truck stationed at the corner of the lot. The concrete was moved up a large bendable arm that was being controlled by a remote device.

As this arm moved around the slab, a man was holding onto the end of the arm as he helped guide the cement into the cavities created by the forms. Other men would be leveling the slab, while yet others were scooping the cement that was oozing under specific forms into a sunken room and the garage floor. As they scooped this cement, they were spreading it around to create these sunken floors. These men obviously knew what their jobs were as it was a well-turned operation.

After over 6 hours, the pump truck quietened, the long arm was folded back onto the top of the truck, the huge "stabilizers" that held the truck still  had to be moved back into the truck sides, and I thought the day was over. Little did I know there was much more work to be done before the crew could leave for the day.

What a fascinating process to watch! It reminded me of a sermon I heard recently. Every job in the body of the church is essential. The pastor can not do everything alone. The church requires musicians, nursery workers, custodians, ushers, teachers, greeters, and dozens of other jobs. The larger the church, the more workers that are needed. And we need to be a well-tuned group to be effective, just like the men who poured that slab yesterday. If we're going to be most effective, we have to be ready to do our part.

Ephesians 4:11  "And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; ......................................

16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love."

I was excited to watch a group of hard workers illustrate a Biblical concept without possibly even realizing they were doing such a thing. 

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