-- Have you ever noticed how certain people have the distinct
ability of grating you to the point of sheer exasperation?
You find yourself entertaining thoughts like, If only that
person would just re-locate to another part of the country…
or better yet, another planet… or better still, another
You fantasize about a huge suction cup falling down from the
sky, attaching itself to the head of that person and removing
them forever from your view. Yep, that’s exactly what I
need—out of sight, out of mind! If only that would happen,
you think to yourself. Then my life would be PERFECT!
Now, you have to admit, we’ve all been there, right? If
I could just “tweak” this situation, or if I could
just remove the second cousin who was already supposed to have
been “once removed” anyway… and on and on it
I have learned that more than likely the reason these darlings
have entered into my life is because of my own distorted imaginations,
not to mention my crummy attitude, or the obvious fact that I’m
in desperate need of a complete heart, mind, and soul overhaul!
So, needless to say, I found myself being placed back on God’s
workbench while He rigorously sanded and smoothed out the rough
edges by allowing some rather un-welcomed circumstances to unfold.
Never mind the fact that the majority of these situations had
been brought on by my own making. The vice grips of the Holy Spirit
had held me still long enough for me to see that I had allowed
resentment, pride, and even that green-eyed monster, jealousy,
back into my life, and I was in serious need of God’s refinishing
Like the oyster who accepts the irritation of a tiny speck of
sand. It undergoes years and years of slow agitation, over and
over, until one day it proudly opens up to display the beauty
of a flawless pearl.
So now, thanks to my wonderful Heavenly carpenter, I can embrace
the sanding process and know that He is simply restoring me into
a one-of-a-kind masterpiece, an image of perfection “showcased”
eternally for all the world to see!
These have come so that your faith—of greater value
than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may
be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor
when Jesus Christ if revealed.
1 Peter 1:7
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