Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Still Battered by my Master's Hand

Toby sent this to me by email today. I certainly feel like I'm in the valley being battered in to shape. Let's hope God continues to lead us through the valley and out to the other side to the peaceful streams and the green pastures.

Still Battered by my Master's Hand

3rdcaptive "Captive Slave" by Michelangelo

This is a fair representation of my life these days.

Under the Master's chisel, not yet a completed sculpture, wincing under the blows, inpatient for completion, yet resolved to endure the process.

From Oswald Chambers:

"We always have a vision of something before it actually becomes real to us. When we realize that the vision is real, but is not yet real in us, Satan comes to us with his temptations, and we are inclined to say that there is no point in even trying to continue. Instead of the vision becoming real to us, we have entered into a valley of humiliation.

Life is not as idle ore, but iron dug from central gloom, and battered by the shocks of doom to shape and use.

God gives us a vision, and then He takes us down to the valley to batter us into the shape of that vision. It is in the valley that so many of us give up and faint. Every God-given vision will become real if we will only have patience. Just think of the enormous amount of free time God has! He is never in a hurry. Yet we are always in such frantic hurry. While still in the light of the glory of the vision, we go right out to do things, but the vision is not yet real in us. God has to take us into the valley and put us through fires and floods to batter us into shape, until we get to the point where He can trust us with the reality of the vision. Ever since God gave us the vision, He has been at work. He is getting us into the shape of the goal He has for us, and yet over and over again we try to escape from the Sculptor’s hand in an effort to batter ourselves into the shape of our own goal.

The vision that God gives is not some unattainable castle in the sky, but a vision of what God wants you to be down here. Allow the Potter to put you on His wheel and whirl you around as He desires. Then as surely as God is God, and you are you, you will turnout as an exact likeness of the vision. But don’t lose heart in the process. If you have ever had a vision from God, you may try as you will to be satisfied on a lower level, but God will never allow it."

HT: A Boomer In The Pew

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