In a recent Parade Magazine article, Mitch Albom told the fascinating story of William Kamkwamba, a young man from Malawi. When William was 14, he had a vision. He wanted to make a windmill that would pump water and make electricity for his village.
He didn't have much to work with, so he started collecting garbage, such as a bicycle rim, plastic pipe and an old tractor fan. People thought he was crazy for going out to collect garbage; but three months later, he had made a windmill. At first, it provided only enough power to light up one light bulb. The town cheered. He kept tinkering until he finally created bigger and bigger windmills. William is now 22 and a book has been written about him titled The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.
Albom was making a point about imagination, working with your hands and not being obsessed with technology. There is a spiritual lesson here. God does with our lives what William does. He takes the broken pieces and failures of our lives and uses them to allow us to be a blessing to others. Grace does not just forgive our sins—Christ graces us for God's glory.
To receive email newsletters, updates, and special offers from BibleStudyTools, select your newsletter(s), enter your email address and hit "Subscribe".