Here I am with my newborn. I recently brought something into the world that never before existed. The delivery was touch ‘n go and not without a few tense moments. Seeing it was my first attempt, I had no way of knowing whether the form I prepared would withstand the pressure…and the birthing weight of 70 pounds.
Other vital statistics in inches: Length 33 – Depth 19 – Thickness 1.5. Color: gray, leaning toward charcoal, depending on the light. Surface: ultra-smooth and hard as a rock…actually, cured concrete. Hidden feature: a sheet of wire mesh tucked as a middle layer, making it strong enough to withstand the weight of a semi-truck (don’t know that for sure, however).
We created this cement slab to hold a white vessel sink and a new faucet. I built the soon-to-be-painted cabinet using old shelves rescued from the basement of the house we’re rehabbing, plus plywood pieces my childhood buddy Wally tossed my way. I salvaged the oak floor from the former parsonage of First Congregational Church (UCC) in Rochester, MI, a few days before the fire department torched it as part of a training program.
Though probably not as adventuresome as skydiving, casting a cement countertop is not for the faint-hearted. This modest creation, however, pales in comparison to some of the projects you can find online. In hindsight, it’s a lot easier to go the kitchen department of a Home Depot or Menards, point to a sample of granite or quartz, and let them do the job from start to finish.
Yet, having birthed a countertop, I know why—emotionally—I’m more drawn to the creation story in Genesis 2 than I am to the more familiar creation account in Genesis 1. In the second story, God is close to the ground. God’s hands get dirty. Fingers manipulate dirt and dust. Nails get chipped. Knuckles get scraped. That which existed as undefined raw material, is fashioned by God’s hands and presented to the world—the human being.
Now . . . if only I can behold every human being as God does.
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