Today’s Illustration: Sometimes The Best Answer Is Not A Straight Line

“In England, it is not uncommon to see “wavy” brick walls. Interestingly, the design uses fewer bricks than a straight wall. A straight wall that is just one brick thick is not sturdy enough to stand alone & can be easily toppled, so they generally have a thickness of at least two or more layers of bricks, & are also reinforced at regular intervals with vertical posts serving as buttresses. But a wavy “one-brick” wall stands just fine on its own due to the arch support provided by its shape, which combines both fence & buttress. Such a structure is called a “crinkle crankle wall” “the Old English version of “zig zag.”


Key Biblical Thoughts:

  • trials
  • troubles
  • God’s will
  • pain
  • difficulties
  • In all thy ways acknowledge Him
  • His ways are not our ways


Sermonic Example:

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. . . . Sometimes, the winding path is to strengthen us, so that we are not so easily pushed over by the circumstances of life, the storms that come our way. . . . . 

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“A crinkle crankle wall, also called a serpentine wall, is a wavy wall that may seem to sacrifice some efficiency for aesthetics. The curves add visual interest, but they use more material than a straight wall. Except they don’t! They use more bricks than a straight wall of the same thickness but they don’t have to be as thick.

Crinkle crankle walls resist horizontal forces, like wind, more than straight wall would. So if the alternative to a crinkle crankle wall one-brick thick is a straight wall two or more bricks thick, the former saves material. How much material?

The amount of material used in the wall is proportional to the product of its length and thickness.”


Note: Interesting, if it’s made of bricks it’s a wall, if it’s made of wood it’s a fence.

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