Devotions By Jan

Wooden Cookie Press

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cookie pressil_570xN.222896840Scripture for Today:  II Corinthians 4:8-9 “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down but not destroyed.”

These old fashioned wooden cookie presses are beautiful.  I see quite a few of them in the tourists shops, but I am more interested in the older ones in antique stores.  The images are so imaginative and are very detailed.  The resulting cookie is almost a work of art and a shame to eat!

My own experience with these molds has been frustrating!  I tend to not press the dough hard enough into the mold for fear of it sticking.  But that pressure is needed to set the image.  If the dough gets stuck, then a sharp tap on the back of the mold will release it.

Our verse for today describes a different kind of pressure.  We are hard pressed on every side by different trials and problems.  The difficult times are often perplexing because we just do not understand what God is doing. But we do not despair.  No matter how hard life can get, when we belong to the Lord we are never destroyed or abandoned.  He is in control and is revealing Himself through all that is happening (verse 10).

All the frustration, all the grief, and all the suffering are intended to form the beautiful image of Jesus in me.  Nothing is random.  Our God is not capricious or fickle.  He is loving and faithful.  He is just and true.  Even though I do not understand what He may be doing in my life, I can always count on who He is.  One day, when I see the finished product, I will understand.

Thank you Lord, that I can trust You even when I do not understand.

Look familiar?  This is a summer re-post due to ministry schedule.


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