I heard this story told by Joyce Meyer and I’ve always loved it so much I thought I’d share.
A couple went into an antique shop and found a beautiful teacup sitting on a shelf. They took it off the shelf to look at it more closely and all of a sudden the teacup started talking. It said “I wasn’t always like this. There was a time when I was just a cold, hard, colorless lump of clay. One day my master picked me up and said, ‘I could do something with this.’ Then he started to pat me, and roll me, and change my shape. I said ‘What are you doing? That hurts. I don’t know if I want to look like this! Stop!’ But he said, ‘Not yet.’ “Then he put me on a wheel and began to spin me around until I screamed, ‘Let me off, I am getting dizzy!’ ‘Not yet,’ he said. Then he shaped me into a cup and put me in a hot oven. I cried, ‘Let me out! It’s hot in here, I am suffocating.’ But he just looked at me through the little glass window and smiled and said, ‘Not yet.’ “When he took me out, I thought his work on me was over, but then he started to paint me. I couldn’t believe what he did next. He put me back in the oven, and I said, ‘You have to believe me; I cant stand this! Please let me out!’ But he said, ‘Not yet.’ Finally he took me out of the oven and set me up on a shelf and held me before a mirror. I couldn’t believe my eyes, I had become a beautiful teacup that everyone wants to buy.”
Isaiah 64 vs 8- Yet O Lord, You are our Father, we are the clay, and you our Potter, and we all are the work of your hands.
There may be things going on inside of us that we don’t understand. But when we finally arrive to the place where God wants to bring us, we will see how it has prepared us for what God wanted us for all along.
Im thankful each day because though I am still a work in progress, I know that his work (his masterpiece as he calls me) is being made PERFECT!! His word says that he has made everything beautiful in his time (Ecc 3:11).
Accept the work of the Holy Spirit in your life. Accept the journey you are on. Accept the story that is changing. ~Graham Cooke