When you get knocked off your high horse and smack down face-first into the DIRT, does your life feel like this?
Lysa Terkhuerst had colon surgery that almost killed her. Shortly thereafter she learned of her husband’s affair. Then she was diagnosed with breast cancer. All within two years. I will assure you, her life was shattered to pieces.
She says, “He sometimes will allow more and more and more. Grief upon grief. Hurt upon hurt. Heartbreak upon heartbreak. Addiction upon addiction. Diagnosis upon diagnosis. Disappointment upon disappointment. The world is filled with people who are dealt more than they can handle.
God doesn’t expect us to handle this. He wants us to hand this over to Him. He doesn’t want us to rally more of our own strength. He wants us to rely solely on His strength.
If we keep walking around thinking that God won’t give us more than we can handle, we set ourselves up to be suspicious of God.
When the questions came of “Why me? Why this? Why now? Why me?”, I seriously contemplated running away to Montana to hide from my life. But the cancer would follow me. The hurt would follow me. Even my wrestling with whether or not I could trust God would follow me.
I couldn’t escape my realities. I had to face them. I had to walk through them. Maybe if I changed my thinking, I could trust God in the midst of them.
Had things not blown up with my husband last summer, I never would have put life on pause to get a mammogram. I would have put it off. But because I had a mammogram at the exact time I did, the doctors caught a cancer that needed to be caught. And because they caught it, I have every fighting chance to beat this cancer.”
We’ve talked in here about DIRT or dust as Lysa likes to say – that God uses the dirt/dust to reshape us to accomplish His purpose in our life.
She says this, “When we place our dust into God’s hands and He mixes it with His living water, the clay that is formed can then be made into anything. Wise potters not only know how to form beautiful things from clay, but they also know how important it is to add some of the dust from previously broken pieces of pottery to the new clay. This type of dust is called “grog”.
To get this grog, the broken pieces must be shattered to dust just right. If the dust is shattered too finely, then it wouldn’t add any structure to the new clay. It isn’t shattered enough the grog will be too coarse and make the potter’s hands bleed.
But when shattered just right, the grog dust added to the new clay will enable the potter to form the clay into a larger and stronger vessel than ever before. And it can go through fires much hotter as well. Plus, when glazed, these pieces end up having a much more beautiful, artistic look to them than they would have otherwise.”
Think about this – we go through these storms. Sometimes we are shattered into fragments. Sometimes, God has to let us be ground down into dust. God can take those pieces and reshape us, reform us. Now, we are stronger than before. Now, we are able to withstand even hotter fires. Now, we can withstand even stronger storms.
She continued, “A broken shard of pottery can lie on the ground and be nothing more than a constant reminder of brokenness. It can also be used to continue to scrape us and hurt us even more when kept in our hands.
Or, when placed in the Master’s hands, the Master Potter can be entrusted to take those shards of pottery, shatter them just right, and then use it in the remolding of me to make me stronger and even more beautiful.
When I understood this, I saw that in all my circumstances God was keeping me moldable while adding even more strength and beauty in the process.”
So, where are you right now? Are you shattered? Is life crushing you? Have you made such a mess of your life that there is no way you can put the pieces back together again? Pray this…
Take this Lord and shatter it just right, so I can be made stronger, more beautiful, and able to withstand fires as never before. I believe that You see things I cannot see. And You have eventual good in mind. Hands turned up saying, “Thy will be done. Your Kingdom, not mine.”
And here is a song for you…