Finding Strength in Unforeseen Challenges

The Tale of The Bent Nail


7/3/20232 min read

Life often presents us with unexpected twists and turns, testing our resilience and challenging our spirit. In times of uncertainty, it's important to remember that even the most skilled craftsmen, including the renowned carpenter Jesus Christ himself, have encountered their fair share of difficulties.

Today, we'll delve into a captivating story from my past—a moment that taught me a valuable lesson about facing unforeseen challenges head-on. This tale serves as an empowering reminder for all who face difficulties including those currently facing incarceration, providing solace and guidance during trying times.

Remember this: Most People Don't Plan on, or Intend to Cause Trouble or Hurt Others. Sometimes Life Just Happens.

The Church Party:

During my youthful days, I attended a lively church party nestled in a picturesque park surrounded by majestic mountains. As the sun cast a gentle shade through the trees, an intriguing competition caught everyone's attention. Two long beams were propped up on sawhorses, adorned with partially driven nails and accompanied by hammers. The objective was simple: to see who could drive the nail in the fastest. Little did I know that this innocent race would hold a profound life lesson.

The Mysterious Obstacle:

Amidst the excitement, my gaze was drawn to a seasoned general contractor named Lester, who was struggling to drive his nail in. With each attempt, the nail would bend, leading him to fetch another one and try again. The crowd's collective gaze turned toward him, amplifying his embarrassment. Lester, a master of his craft for over three decades, couldn't understand what went wrong.

The Unexpected Revelation:

As the truth unfolded, it became evident that another general contractor had set up the game strategically. Unbeknownst to everyone, a hidden steel plate had been discreetly placed in the middle of Lester's section of the beam. This hidden obstacle made it nearly impossible for him to drive the nail in successfully. The challenge was intentionally designed to test Lester's skills and expose him to unforeseen hardships. It was all in good fun but...

The Parallels to Life:

This anecdote resonates with individuals facing incarceration, particularly those grappling with the reality of their situation. Just as Lester found himself confronted with an unexpected impediment, life can throw unforeseen obstacles our way. Circumstances beyond our control can lead us down difficult paths. It's important to remember that everyone encounters setbacks, and bending over metaphorical nails is not a sign of weakness but a natural part of our journeys.

Embracing Compassion and Resilience:

In the face of uncertainty and the prospect of incarceration, it's crucial to nurture our resilience and seek guidance from compassionate sources. At Provident Sterling, we understand the emotional and practical challenges associated with such circumstances. Through our compassionate family program, we offer support, consultations, and guidance to those navigating the complexities of the legal system. Our dedicated team is here to alleviate your concerns and provide a roadmap for the future, even if prison is part of that journey.


The story of The Bent Nail serves as a powerful reminder that even the greatest craftsmen encounter unexpected challenges. It is in these moments that our true strength and resilience shine through. If you find yourself facing incarceration or the possibility thereof, remember that you are not alone. Reach out to compassionate resources like Provident Sterling to discover the support and guidance you need during this difficult time. Together, we can overcome obstacles, embrace compassion, and find the strength to rebuild and thrive once again.

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