Posts Tagged ‘God’s handiwork’

2 Corinthians 4:7-18 This Momentary Affliction

His work of beauty shining His light

Because we belong to God, what we are now is not what we will be. You have heard it said that it takes a village to raise a child. Well, it takes adversity to create a strong witness for Jesus. This is what I believe Paul is sharing today in our reading.

Several things came to my mind as I read our passage. The first was a smelting pot where the process of heating the material inside is used to purify it. The second is an olive press where the fruit is put under enormous pressure until the very pure heart of it flows forth. I can see both of these in Paul’s words. But the process that grabbed me more than any other is candle carving. Let me tell you why.

I see the Artist at work in my life. He gave me a specific shape as my base. He is that shape, my Base. I cannot grow into anything without its support and structure. For my growth I am placed into different situations that color me and add to my supporting structure, never leaving the true form of my Base. Read more »