Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Father's Chisel...

"The present circumstance, which presses so hard against you (if surrendered to Christ), is the best shaped tool in the Father's hand to chisel you for eternity. Trust Him, then. Do not push away the instrument lest you lose it's work."
~Streams In The Desert~

I can think of so many times in my life that I didn't recognize that the greater work would be done in me, if I just surrendered to the instrument that God was using to chisel me. One time in particular, I thought I was surrendered, but in reality I was just existing in a state of emptiness. I was empty because I was wounded and filled with hurt, self pity, resentment and bitterness. When wounds get that infected, God needs to take a chisel to scrape them before the healing can begin. I did as the quote above states, I pushed the instrument away....growth was delayed and the healing process took longer.

That was a long time ago, but if I could change one thing, it would be that I would soak myself in the Word yielding myself to the deeper work God wanted to do. I didn't fall away spiritually, I just didn't let the healing balm of Jesus comfort me. All I could think of was how much I hurt and wanting it to go away.

The deeper work was done. I let the chisel do its work and there was healing. Sometimes those deeper works can't be put into words because they are so profound in your heart. That was one of those times. I might have delayed the healing, but healing eventually came. The Father was waiting for me to trust Him....if you find yourself in this place today, won't you trust Him to use His chisel to shape you for eternity? The longer we put it off and push the instrument away, the more there will be to be chiseled and the longer it will take to heal.. Start the process...surrender.

" My heart trusts in Him and I am helped."
Psalm 28:7
Originally posted in 2008


tea time and roses said...

Hello Dear Patty,

A beautiful post my friend. Thank you so very much for it. I have most certainly been in this place. Surrender is sometimes hard but I tell you to let go and let God is a wonderful place to be.

I have posted about your lovely blog on my blog. Yours is one place I had to share with others. Do drop by when time permits. Thank you so very much and enjoy a lovely week.



Becky K. said...

I came over to visit from Beverly's wonderful blog knowing that if she recommended someone it was worth my while.

I'll be adding you to my sidebar. I love what I have read here.

Becky K.
Hospitality Lane

Patty said...

Oh, you have blessed me by your thoughtful and encouraging words..always. To think you would write about me on your blog is an honor. I am so blessed by you!

Thank you, my friend!

Becky, thank you for coming by and sharing your kind words as well..I visited your blog and will be visitng again too!