Life is Hard!

I am a strong believer that God uses everything that happens in life to teach us something about Himself if we will just listen to His Spirit and allow Him to instruct us. Then I search God’s Word to see what God has specifically said regarding what the Spirit has impressed upon my mind.

I am a pen turner and I love to work at my lathe. I have learned many things about life as I work at my lathe. Each step of the process in turning a piece of wood or antler into a pen is painful to the material with which I am working. The process includes cutting, drilling, shaping, sanding, polishing, friction, and pressure. But when the process is complete the material has been transformed; it has new beauty, value, and purpose. Something of little value now has greater value, all because it endured a painful process! Life is full of difficulties and it easy to become overwhelmed. But there is a purpose behind each hardship; they are all part of a process to shape and mold us into some of greater value and purpose. My desire in writing this blog is to encourage and maybe stir up some conversation with the lessons that God has been teaching me through the painful process of life. Life is hard, but God is good. May He continue working His process in my life.

If you are going to read any of my posts be sure to ready "Introduction to Lessons from the Lathe". In that post I lay out the basis for all the other blogs.

Friday, January 13, 2012

You never know what God will do through you

Just heard from my good friend, Dave Santos. He is the missionary in Brazil that I worked with when I went on the mission trip this past summer. He wanted to relay a couple of stories from the men of the church who have received one of my pens and heard my presentation of "Lessons from the Lathe". I gave Dave a supply of pens; every time he gives one away he share the lesson of how God works to shapes us into what He desires us to be. The men who have received them, in turn tell the story to those who comment on their pen. The men use the story to encourage one another when things get hard. And he wanted me to know that the church there continues to pray for me.

It is so encouraging to know that God can use this simple illustration to bring comfort and encouragement to men across the world. Who would have known when I began this ministry that God would use it to reach people around the world? God did, that's who!

Most encouraging for me is that when I get discouraged because of my cancer and all the things I can't do; God shows me what He can do through this broken vessel when I am  willing to submit to His sovereignty. God is good!

1 comment:

  1. :) I love this!! Paul planted, Apollos watered and God makes it grow.