Do we limit God’s freedom, and ability, to work in our lives by our responses to daily trials? My quick response would be to say “no, because He is all powerful and I am not strong enough to control Him!” Obviously at least the latter part of that statement is true. I cannot control God. BUT … He has given us free will and He has chosen to control Himself to respect our choices, even when He knows they will bring us pain, and allow us to reap the consequences! I limit His ability and freedom to work in my life because He gave me that power when He gave me freedom of choice.
Jesus Calling – March 5
I can fit everything into a pattern for good, but only to the extent that you trust Me. Every problem can teach you something, transforming you little by little into the masterpiece I created you to be. The very same problem can become a stumbling block over which you fall if you react with distrust and defiance. The choice is up to you, and you will have to choose many times each day whether to trust Me or defy Me.
He WANTS me to become a Masterpiece! But I have to stay on the potter’s wheel and remain pliable, surrendered, obedient.
I was thinking about this and I got a humorous mental image of myself as a piece of clay that chose to jump off the wheel, out of the master’s hands, and onto the floor. Now I’m rolling around, thinking I’m free, but I am picking up bits of dirt, dust, straw, trash, etc. I am becoming ugly and dirty as I wander free of His hands. And eventually I realize that I am not living up to my potential. I am not becoming the thing of beauty and service that I was meant to be. I’m not a plate, a bowl, a pitcher, a vase. I’m an ugly, dirty, useless lump of clay. And so I roll back to the Master’s feet. And I surrender. And He picks me up and removes most of the debris and dirt … though some of it has dug so deep that it has left scars that cannot be removed. And I am so sorry. But He tells me that it’s okay … He can make those scars part of my beauty. And He places me back on the wheel … and I surrender …
CHOOSE! Today. Every day. Will you roll around on the floor of the shop, or worse yet, beyond it’s doors? Or will you stay on the wheel, in the hands of the Master, surrendered, and becoming a Masterpiece?
We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose. Romans 8:28 AMP
The Joy Dare
4 – 3 Gifts Hard to Give Thanks For
debt – keeps me reliant on God for provision of our needs
health issues – reminds me that every moment is a precious gift and we are not promised tomorrow
trials of the last several years have matured me and made me stronger
5 – 3 Gifts Found
I really wish I could say my PhotoShop Elements which I bought this past summer, never opened, and haven’t seen since. Or even the book, “You’re Already Amazing, that I know came in the mail recently and has disappeared! But those things are still “missing.”
A renewed love, and focus, for my writing.
Peace, for the moment, with God’s direction and timing for my work situation
Online friends … old & new … each one is a precious gift!