5 days ago, I woke up wanting more. Do you ever want more?
Let me set this scene up for you; it is a clear, beautiful Colorado day. The sky is extra blue and the grass is so much greener and longer than usual. I feel particularly gloomy today, which isn’t a typical thing. What’s that all about? I then decide that I need some Jesus time, so I bring up my massive bible and a pen and take a seat on the back deck. Why do I feel so tied up, so weary on a day like today. All I can see is green fields and picturesque homes and massive mountains far into the distance. I should be happy, and I was extremely convicted when I realized that I definitely was not acting like I was blessed to live in such a lovely place. As peaceful as it was to be sitting outside with no one close by, my soul was uneasy. As I was talking to God, I realized how all this beauty, all this greenery and magnificence was once quite the opposite. Grass is only green because of the rain that falls over and over again. Houses are built as an opposing force pounds nail after nail into the pieces that make it up. I am shaped by giving every broken piece to the one who knows how to glue it back to the others.
Isaiah 64:8 “And yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We are all formed by your hand.”
God is referred to as “The Potter” many times throughout the Bible. How beautiful is it to realize that our potter is able to create a masterpiece out of us when we allow Him to do what He wants to do within us? Even more so, how amazing is it that He wants me to give Him ALL of my broken pieces, because He is the only one who can truly mend them in a way that is so much more amazing than before. Ladies, we serve a God that takes our brokenness and turns it into something beautiful. We have all heard that said many times before, but as I sat down on my deck with a sad face and clouded mind, God reminded me that He is rebuilding me in ways that I can’t see, for they are too wonderful, too high, too great for me to even understand! God can’t do any of this unless we give Him the permission. We are not puppets and God wants to come break down every box that we try to put Him in… if we allow Him to.
Psalm 102:16 “The Lord will rebuild Jerusalem. He will appear in His glory.”
He is rebuilding me. He is rebuilding you, just as He rebuilt Jerusalem. His promises were fulfilled in history and they are being fulfilled in your life too, no matter how long he might seem to take in doing so. As I sit, 5 days later, admiring the same scene with a new perspective, I am encouraged as God reminds me that He is rebuilding me. He has picked up the broken pieces and He is slowly and carefully and tenderly placing them where they need to be. He is taking what is broken in my own life to create a bigger testimony for His Kingdom than I could ever do by myself. How comforting is it to know that our Potter wasn’t satisfied in molding and shaping the Earth and the land and the animals and all that we get to enjoy?
He wanted one of you too.
He wanted your beauty and your pain, because that is the only way He can truly appear in all of His glory; through YOU.
Ephesians 3:19-20 “May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”