One Piece at a Time

The singer Johnny Cash has a humorous song that’s a classic “Country boy outsmarts the establishment” story.

According to the song, in 1949 a young man from Kentucky takes a job on an assembly line in Detroit, Michigan building Cadillacs. He is in awe of the beautiful sedans, but is saddened by the fact that he can’t afford one.

One day, he comes up with a daring plan which is revealed in the chorus: 🎶 “I’ll get it one piece at a time, and it won’t cost me a dime.”🎶 Slowly, over the next twenty-odd years, the man sneaks out Cadillac parts–a few at a time–until he has a whole car.

Finally, when he’s ready to retire, he and his friends from the auto plant decide to assemble the one-of-a-kind Caddy. However, they quickly discover that many of the parts, from different models years, don’t fit together.

So they drill new holes for bolts and use an adapter kit to make the 1973 engine work with the 1949 transmission. Soon enough the car is running and driving, but then the guys realize it has only one tail fin and three head lights!

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power if from God and not from us.

2 Corinthians 4:7 (NIV)

The other day I complained (just a wee bit) to God. 🙏 Lord, as a teenager I dedicated my life to serve You in the gospel ministry. Remember that? But 14 years later everything fell apart. Why?

Kind reader, did you ever long for a brand new spiritual “Cadillac,” only to realize you couldn’t afford one? Me too. But then God said something –the same thing He told the Apostle Paul:

My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.

2 Corinthians 12:9a (NIV)

In other words, God gives us what we need. One piece at a time. And His generosity doesn’t cost us a dime. Yet, unlike the song, we aren’t sneaking off with the unaffordable. This custom ride is a gift.

A fender here, a door there, over the course of many years walking with the Lord. Does it matter all that much if they don’t match?

Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

2 Corinthians 12:9b (NIV)

Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️ prayers and love.

Photo by carlos aranda on Unsplash






40 responses to “One Piece at a Time”

  1. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you for your input, Wise Hearted. I’m sorry it took me so long to approve your comment. I missed it somehow. God Bless!


  2. Wise Hearted Avatar

    Great story, so applicable for today in this troubled world. I am glad I don’t have to put the pieces of my life to gather, God knows all my parts better and will replace them all at once someday. Blessings.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Chris G Thelen Avatar

    I have to agree — I prefer to get grace one piece at a time.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. davidsdailydose Avatar

    By His grace, God puts all the pieces back in place. That’s a great way to put it, Tina. Thank you for sharing! God Bless.


  5. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Ah yes, Lord! I’ll take a red one, like on that TV show—“Magnum PI.”

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Tina Avatar

    Thanks for the reminder David. When I’m falling short it’s good to know that God shows us grace and can put all the pieces back into place.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. God Still Speaks Avatar

    The best part is that when you get to heaven, Jesus is going to turn your pieced together car into a Ferrari!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I am amazed, as well, Chris. In a way, I’m glad God doesn’t hand us the keys to a brand new Caddy. It’s better to get our grace one piece at a time. Blessings, brother. Thank you reading and commenting.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Chris G Thelen Avatar

    Another great post. So often what we envision for our life is so different than God’s vision. He pieces us together for His work, revealing how he uses us for His purposes. I am amazed by how he continues to use me in ways I never thought possible.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Me too, Gary. I believe the author and pastor, Henry Blackaby calls these holy assembly points spiritual markers. It’s encouraging to look back and see how God provided in the past, and to know He’ll do it again. Thanks, Gary!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Gary Fultz Avatar

    I’m so glad God doesn’t quit putting us together. He doesn’t say “good enough” or put us on the shelf. Good thoughts David.

    Liked by 3 people

  12. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you kindly, Betty. The past is in the past, and it wasn’t all that bad. I’m still here. 😊 Well, enough about me. I suppose we all have our regrets. It’s what we’re doing right now with our lives that matters. You are one positive gal. I love that about you!

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Betty Avatar

    David, I don’t know your history or your struggles. I only know of your faith and your kindness. Whatever happened to put those pieces of you in place is holy.

    Liked by 2 people

  14. My Life in Our Father's World Avatar

    Yes….unique in a good way. 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  15. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Amen, brother! God is often right on time but he is never late. All praise to him for his complete care! God’s best to you and yours.

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Alan Kearns Avatar

    What a thought brother…that Father God is building us at one piece at a time, and they all fit and work together in His care for us. Hallelujah for our Creator!

    Liked by 1 person

  17. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You and me both, Bridget. I’m afraid I would order too much stuff, if it was up to me. Thank you for reading and commenting. God Bless!

    Liked by 1 person

  18. Bridget A. Thomas Avatar

    I’m so glad the Lord always gives us just what we need. 🙌

    Liked by 2 people

  19. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I appreciate the cross reference, Beth. The clothes Paul tells the Galatians to put on are similar to the custom parts He gives us at just the right time. What stuck out to me is that God just doesn’t hand us the keys to a new caddie and say, “Enjoy.” Like a good father He gives us what we need when we need it. Thank you for stopping by. God Bless!

    Liked by 1 person

  20. Beth Alisan Avatar

    David, your post came as a perfect compliment to a verse I was dwelling on this morning- Galatians 3:27- “And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes.” Only in this case it would be receiving one piece at a time building a custom ride.

    Liked by 2 people

  21. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Yes it is! And I’ve successfully “broken the ice” with my church family and colleagues at school. Everyone seems understanding and supportive. Thank you for your words of advice.

    Liked by 1 person

  22. SimplyB Avatar

    Yay for hearing! Isn’t THAT a relief?

    Liked by 1 person

  23. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Yes, Simply B. What a relief it is! The power behind our multi-year model lives with God is not our own. Thank you for your encouraging words. PS. Three weeks in and I’m settling in to my new hearing aids. God Bless!

    Liked by 1 person

  24. SimplyB Avatar

    This is one of the most encouraging posts ever, and I so appreciate your words, David. Especially “In other words, God gives us what we need. One piece at a time. And His generosity doesn’t cost us a dime. Yet, unlike the song, we aren’t sneaking off with the unaffordable. This custom ride is a gift.” And when it comes to being weak, I truly believe God can’t fully use and mold us until we ARE weak. And broken. It’s then that his strength can make us who He designed us to be. What a relief, really.

    Liked by 3 people

  25. jesusluvsall Avatar

    No rain today but thunderstorms later maybe.


  26. davidsdailydose Avatar

    That’s right, brother! The Master Mechanic never fails. Thanks for stopping by. Any rain up north? God Bless.

    Liked by 1 person

  27. jesusluvsall Avatar

    And in time, God will make sure we have all the parts.

    Liked by 2 people

  28. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Gracias, Barb. Unique mean good too, I hope. 😇 What I mean is it made sense to me. Here’s to hoping it computes with my readers. too. God’s best to you.


  29. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Pastor Pete. The good Lord can put me together with any parts He likes—so long as He sticks around as the Master Mechanic. God Bless you too, brother!

    Liked by 1 person

  30. pastorpete51 Avatar

    Wait a few years David and you may discover that some of these parts are from quite an older model, but by grace we keep cruising along the road! I liked Mr. Johnny too though that song I probably only heard once or twice. Blessings my brother. Have a good weekend.

    Liked by 2 people

  31. My Life in Our Father's World Avatar

    That is one of the most unique ways of looking at the ups & downs in life that I have ever heard.

    Liked by 1 person

  32. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Manette Kay. As you said, God continues to fit us. through out our lives, with whatever we need. I am also grateful for His loving care. God Bless you too.

    Liked by 1 person

  33. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Yes indeed, brother. We are all “under construction “ via the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Thank you for sharing. How is the summer in Canada? It has been a hot one down south.


  34. musingsofmanettekay Avatar

    This is a grand analogy, David. I’m so grateful God continues to fit me with things necessary each day and step of the way. God bless you.

    Liked by 2 people

  35. ropheka Avatar

    We are on The Holy Spirits assembly line all the way to Heaven.

    Sometime big rearrangements, sometimes small but we are all work in progress.

    Liked by 4 people

  36. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you. God brings things to mind, from time to time, and I wonder if others can relate. I appreciate your reading and commenting.

    Liked by 1 person

  37. Avatar

    What a great analogy!

    Liked by 1 person

  38. davidsdailydose Avatar

    True. The arc of our lives may have bent the same way—no matter what we did, or didn’t do. The most important thing is God promises to be with us—come what may. There have been times in my life when it was His presence alone that made the difference. Thank you for sharing. I am always grateful for your wisdom. Blessings!

    Liked by 1 person

  39. Don't Lose Hope Avatar

    I think it can almost be terrifying to trust our lives to the Lord again, when after doing that the first time around, life was completely blown apart. I have taken comfort in knowing that those same things may have happened whether or not I had entrusted myself to God. The difference is, He was there as my strength in the broken times … and He has taken all those broken pieces and created something beautiful with them … one step at a time, and one piece at a time. Thanks for sharing, David!

    Liked by 3 people

%d bloggers like this: