Last night my good friend Darryl Jones suggested that I read “In the Hands of the Master Potter” By Jill Austin. I’m so glad that I did as it served as a great reminder that God’s ultimate plan and timing is always perfect. Near the end of this article Jill asks:
“Are you willing to go into the Glory Fire to let God perfect His destiny and calling in your life?”
To some degree, many of us can relate to this story in one way or another. Sometimes in life the struggle can seem beyond overwhelming. At times you may feel as though you’ve endured so much pain and suffering beyond measure, and that you just don’t have any energy left to live to fight another day. Some days you may question what your purpose is and whether or not you are on the right track, or if the struggle will ever end.
Through difficult times it’s critical that we fully trust, despite all the pain and suffering, that God will see us through the fire. We must believe with all of our heart that God is our rock and will lead us to salvation if we are persistent in our faith. Through it all we must remain faithful and know that, just like Joseph, God has a unique and master plan for each of us.
To fully trust at all times through the good and the bad can be challenging, lessons are not always clear at first, and difficult times can last anywhere from hours to even decades in some cases. The road can seem long, and the path is not always straight or smooth. Often times, however, what holds us back from experiencing real breakthrough is our trust issues and struggles with letting go. God does not wish to see us suffer, in fact He shares the burden and it pains Him, but in order to have unified purpose with Him we must be willing to completely forgive and let go. This includes letting go of old ways of thinking, habits, and false conditioning. Letting go of our ego. Letting go of our pain. Letting go of the hurt that others have caused us and that we have brought on ourselves whether intentionally or unintentionally. Letting go of our worries and fears. Forgiving everyone, including ourselves, for past sins. Letting go of seeking approval from others or always trying to be “people pleasers” when ultimately doing right by God is what matters.
Sometimes we convince ourselves that we have let go entirely of all the things that are holding us back. Sometimes we don’t even realize that we are self-sabotaging, and wonder why we continue to struggle. Think of it like this; you may have lived in the same home for many years and believe that you know your way around perfectly. Yet when the lights are out, and it’s pitch black, there’s a good chance that you’ll end up painfully stubbing your toe on something like a piece of furniture or corner of a wall for example even though you’ve walked the same course thousands of times. Instead of continuously praying and asking God for guidance and clarity, we think we can do things just fine on our own or that we have it all figured out.
Change, and letting go, can be a painful process. As the old adage goes “it’s going to get worse before it gets better”. Sometimes that’s the only way that real healing can take place. Just like Jill Austin states in her story “In the Hands of the Master Potter”:
“Now that your broken vessel has been taken to the Potter’s house, the long journey from salvation to transformation has begun. As the Master Potter picks up a rock and begins to crush the broken pieces of clay, you cry out, “God, how can You crush me after everything I’ve been through!””
God wants to transform your life and heal you completely. He has a great plan and unique purpose that you, and you alone, can only fulfill. He has chosen you for a very specific task but it will only be revealed to you (sometimes in separate parts) when you are completely and genuinely ready to let go, listen, and accept His guidance. As mentioned above, God’s timing is without fail always perfect and spot on. I encourage you to ask yourself what thoughts, beliefs, scars, memories, experiences, mental/spiritual blocks, or feelings are you holding onto? Is it time to empty the trash in some areas of your life so that God can renew you? Making such a transition won’t be easy, and there will be uphill challenges, but it will all be worth it in the end if you choose to walk the path side by side with Christ.