King Solomon then asked for a man named Hiram to come from Tyre. He was half Israelite, since his mother was a widow from the tribe of Naphtali, and his father had been a craftsman in bronze from Tyre. Hiram was extremely skillful and talented in any work in bronze, and he came to do all the metal work for King Solomon. Hiram cast two bronze pillars…The capitals on the pillars were shaped like water lilies. And so the work on the pillars was finished. -1 Kings 7:13-15 & 22 (NLT)
Serving God comes in many forms. Hiram wasn’t a priest, no, only half Jew and from one of the smaller Israelite tribes at that. He was just a man with a skill for working with metal, but when he was called, he came. Even though Jerusalem was a long way from Tyre, Hiram packed up his tools and clocked in at the new temple construction site. His work was not just functional, but beautiful. It wasn’t only strong in structure, but also delicate in design. Hiram didn’t have to top the pillars with lovely water lilies, but the work of his hands reflected the worship in his heart – and both were beautiful to God.