I learned so much going through a pottery factory in Poland. The kiln fascinated me. In it the clay becomes strong and durable and ready for use. The first firing is set for about 1400 degrees and there are hotter ones that follow! These firings harden the clay into a pink bisque, readying it for the paint and decoration. We, as clay, are not only getting stronger with heat but more beautiful too! It is in enduring these kiln experiences that we become vessels the Potter can use for His glory.
For some, the heat seems to be more intense. For others, the time spent in the kiln seems longer. For still others, the kiln experiences seem to be more frequent. The Potter deals differently with each of us. However, NO believer is exempt from pain and suffering on this earth. But as believers we can be sure that the Lord uses our pain. It is not wasted.
As we ended our pottery factory tour I saw a large dumpster full of broken pieces of bisque. This pottery did not survive the firing process. I asked our guide if they were to be thrown out. “Oh no,” she answered. “They are all melted down and used again!” What wonderful hope we have that the Lord in His GRACE picks up those broken pieces and continues His work in us!!
I am thankful that flawed as I am, I am never beyond hope! The past and its mistakes never mean that the Potter cannot use me!
Thank you Lord, that You transform even my failures into something to use for Your glory.