Bars of Steel not Vases of Glass

 

          “Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, buy viagra see but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,  I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3:12-14

The following Teachable Moment was taken from Streams in the Desert, one of the greatest devotionals ever written.  The author (Mrs. Charles Cowen) wrote the following thoughts, along with many others while her husband laid suffering for almost 6 years.

I stood once in the test room of a great steel mill.  All around me were little partitions and compartments.  Steel had been tested to the limit, and marked with figures that showed its breaking point.  Some pieces had been twisted until they broke, and the strength of torsion was marked on them.  Some had been stretched to the breaking point to show and prove their adaptable strength.   Some had been compressed to the crushing point, and also marked.  The manager of the steel mill knew just what these pieces of steel would stand under strain.  He knew just what they would bear if placed in a great ship, building, or bridge.  He knew this because his testing room revealed it.

It is also often so with God’s children, you and I.  God does not want us to be like vases of glass or porcelain He would have us be like those toughened pieces of steel, able to bear twisting and crushing to the uttermost without collapse.

He wants us to be, not hothouse plants, but storm-beaten oaks; not sand dunes driven here and there by every gust of wind, but granite rocks withstanding the fiercest storms.  To make us such He must sometimes bring us to testing room of suffering.

Teachable Moment

Allow me to diverge to something rather personal in this Teachable Moment.  Today, in about 6 hours, my son (Brodie) and his family (wife-Katie, son-Luke, oldest daughter-Maddie, and the youngest- Anabelle) will leave the confines of their home in Los Angeles for the Republic of Georgia.  This is a small country sandwiched between Russia and Turkey.

For the last 5 years Brodie has worked for World Impact in downtown Los Angeles as a teacher, pastor, and minister to the poor.  Both his wife and children have helped him considerably in these ministries.

Of course, my wife and I will miss Brodie and his family terribly, but realize he is doing exactly what the Lord has called him to do. But this is not to say we are not quite tearful about their departure.   Particularly in respect to seeing our grandchildren go, for we loved and enjoyed so many great times with them at every age level.