Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Glaze

This is an excerpt from my first book, The Clay Papers.  Enjoy!
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“And now why do you delay?  Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.”  Acts 22:16

 

It was an exciting night when we glazed our first pieces.  After looking at samples of finished products, I selected a glaze that would be a brilliant, high gloss blue after it was fired.  The glaze was thick and red.  I fretted that it was the wrong one.  After all, I wanted blue, not red!  The Potter assured me that the fire would bring out all the beautiful properties of the glaze that were hidden.  I plunged it deep into the red glaze.  I could not see at all how it would be blue in the end, but the Potter knows…

Being washed in the blood of the Lamb doesn’t make sense to the world either, but that red blood is the only way to go through the fire and come out as the beautiful, functional being God has planned.  He places us in just the right spot in the fire, as different places in the kiln will have different effects on the glaze.  His choices are made to get just the right result.  He has a constant eye on the finished product.  Our Father and Master Potter is infinitely trustworthy and skillful.  

 

He knows what He is doing.

He knows the result He wants.

 

If you will submit to His gentle hands, He will make your life more beautiful than you can ever imagine.  How does the clay become what the potter wants?  It happens only through the skill, knowledge, and vision of the potter.  

Are you in a hard place right now?  Does it seem too hard to endure?  Too painful?  Trust Him.  Don’t give up.  He knows what He is doing and it is for your good and His glory.  Hang in there.  You will love the finished product!