Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Heated and Forged...Works of Art
What is it about the metal objects that I am drawn to? I like softer things, feathery, fluffy cottons, pretty fabrics... I like beautiful hardwoods full of character with scars and memories, I love statuary and 3-D relief objects, carved into stone...but I do love the swirly, curvy, scrolley, forged, welded creations of metalwork.
How about you? Do these type of things reach out and grab your gaze when you go thrifting or shopping?
You all know in order for this very strong material to be shaped and molded into an object of art, it has to be heated to a very high temperature under a torch or in a furnace to become soft enough to be reformed....shaped into something of beauty from something that was plain and really not outstanding.
This is how God works on us too...It is only in the heat of fiery trials and walking through the fire of adversity that God can soften us enough to make us turn to Him and cry out. It is then that He does His BEST work on us. We are soft and supple in His hands. We can be formed into beautiful creatures in our hearts. He designs and bends and shapes us. It is then that we are truly defined as HIS work of art. And it is to Him that the glory goes. When we submit to His careful Creator skills, we become something better than we ever could have been without Him! Thankful for the work HE does on me in my harder times on this journey through life.
Next time you are feeling the heat of the fires in life...think on this...you are being forged, you are being shaped into a work of art. When things cool down, you will be stronger and more beautiful, because you endured and learned a life lesson...
God is Good!
Here are some favorites of mine that have been thrifted over the years.
"The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the heart." (Prov. 17:3)
Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12)
Please continue to pray for our military as they are forged physically in the heat of the Afghanistan deserts, and mentally and spiritually in the stress and battles of combat and a radically different way of life.... Thank you.
God bless you all who stop by here...