After 4 weeks of tumbling these rocks from the beach they turned out beautiful.
OK it’s illustration time….. In Jeremiah 1 it says before I formed you in the womb I knew you , before you were born I Sanctified you, set you apart. I ordained you as a prophet to the Nations. Jeremiah said, who am I Lord? I’m just a youth! God said you will go to all those I command you and whatever I tell you you will speak. Do not be ashamed before them.
Here we go…. last year as I walked on the beach there would be times a rock caught my attention and I had to pick it up. What made that rock different from any other Rock? It was one that grabbed me and I chose it. If we only knew what God sees when he looks down at us even as were being formed in our mother’s womb. He knows every day that we will ever have. He knows every Victory and special moment. He knows every heartache and sees every tear. He calls us and gives us a destiny before we’re even born.
As we go through life we go through our own rock tumbler. In a tumbler there are four seasons (levels of grit) .The first one is coarse you add water to it with the rocks. It tumbles around for about 5 days. Afterwards they are nice but not all the way there yet. The poor things have to go back through another season. The next level of grit is added this time a extra agitation is added to the grit. It goes through another 5 days of even more intense rubbing against the grit. After that you take them out and rinse again add a little bit finer level of grit with an agitator like ceramic Pebbles. Five more days till the last level of grit is added which is almost like a powder. 5 more days till you open that canister and you look at these rocks who have gone through 20 days of being tossed around over and over endlessly with things pushing up against them.
They probably would have thought, “Hey I’m fine you can stop. I’m good enough the way I am.”
But the master wasn’t done yet. He knew there was another level of beauty under there. Those rocks have no power to get out from underneath that Tumblr and run away. Haha! They’re STUCK!
But after that last cycle, they are rinsed off and laid out to be displayed and shine in all their Glory.
There are so many times in life where we think we’re going through the hardest of season of our life, like when I had toddlers I didn’t think I was going to survive. That was the hardest time of being a parent for me. Until the teenage years which have been okay for the most part. But there’s deep emotional aspects that I never encountered with my toddlers.
Its been incredible to surrender myself to God’s process. All I can say is, thank you Jesus for your mercy and grace and tenderness as I’ve submitted myself to the process of being healed and refined through Him. to God be the glory.
If we choose to run away from the process, stay hidden in a cave, we will miss out on the treasure that God wants to bring out of us. This is where we, submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you (and all the layers of crud with him)
I Pet 2:9
You are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A CONSECRATED NATION, A [special] PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies [the wonderful deeds and virtues and perfections] of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.