“See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction” Isaiah 48:10 (NIV)
“Stop that!” yelled the lump of clay as the Potter pounded and kneaded and squeezed it.
But the Potter said, “Not yet.”
Then the wheel spun and the clay grew dizzy.
“Let me off!” she yelled. But the Potter said, “Not yet.”
Three times the Potter painted the clay and baked her in a hot oven.
“Stop, please! I can’t take any more!” screamed the clay.
Then, when all seemed hopeless, the Potter removed her from the oven.
Instead of the lump, there sat a gorgeous vase, brilliantly painted and decorated with gold.
Dear one, Christ is the Potter and knows what each clay requires to come out shining.
It sometimes takes much heat. He knows because He too suffered.
So trust and worship Him. Wait until you see the glorious, shining future He has in store for you!
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