STOP PLEASE! I am dizzy…And it is hot…

STOP PLEASE! I am dizzy…

I want to use part of a devotion I wrote in 2011. I feel someone needs to read and know that God is in control. After you read the short story, I will do my best to put my two cents in, so you will realize that God loves us and He is doing what He knows it takes to make up into a beautiful image of God, himself.

Ephesians 2:1‑10
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do

Tea Cup ….
Author Unknown

Love this story or not, you will not be able to have tea in a tea cup again without thinking of this.

There was a couple who took a trip to England to shop in a beautiful antique store to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. They both liked antiques and pottery, and especially teacups. Spotting an exceptional cup, they asked “May we see that? We’ve never seen a cup quite so beautiful.

As the lady handed it to them, suddenly the teacup spoke, “You don’t understand. I have not always been a teacup. There was a time when I was just a lump of red clay. My Master took me and rolled me pounded and patted me over and over and I yelled out, “Don’t do that.” “I don’t like it!” “Let me alone.”

But He only smiled, and gently said, “Not yet!”

Then WHAM! I was placed on a spinning wheel and suddenly I was spun around and around and around. “Stop it! I’m getting so dizzy! I’m going to be sick!” I screamed.

But the Master only nodded and said quietly, ‘Not yet.’

He spun me and poked and prodded and bent me out of shape to suit Himself and then He put me in the oven.

I never felt such heat. I yelled and knocked and pounded at the door. “Help! Get me out of here!” I could see him through the opening and I could read His lips as He shook His head from side to side, ‘Not yet’.

When I thought I couldn’t bear it another minute, the door opened. He carefully took me out and put me on the shelf, and I began to cool. Oh, that felt so good! “Ah, this is much better,” I thought.

But, after I cooled He picked me up and brushed and painted me all over. The fumes were horrible. I thought I would gag. ‘Oh, please, Stop it, Stop’, I cried.

He only shook His head and said. ‘Not yet!’.

Then suddenly He put me back in to the oven. Only it was not like the first one. This was twice as hot and I just knew I would suffocate. I begged. I pleaded. I screamed. I cried I was convinced I would never make it. I was ready to give up. Just then the door opened and He took me out and again placed me on the shelf, where I cooled and waited and waited, wondering “What’s He going to do to me next?”

An hour later He handed me a mirror and said ‘Look at yourself.’

And I did. I said, ‘That’s not me; that couldn’t be me. It’s beautiful. I’m beautiful’!!!

Quietly He spoke, ‘I want you to remember,’ He said. ‘I know it hurt to be rolled and pounded and patted, but had I just left you alone, you’d have dried up.

I know it made you dizzy to spin around on the wheel, but if I had stopped, you would have crumbled.

I know it hurt and it was hot and disagreeable in the oven, but if I hadn’t put you there, you would have cracked.

I know the fumes were bad when I brushed and painted you all over, but if I hadn’t done that, you never would have hardened. You would not have had any color in your life. If I hadn’t put you back in that second oven, you wouldn’t have survived for long because the hardness would not have held. Now you are a finished product. Now you are what I had in mind when I first began with you.'”

Now let me try to explain the above lesson.

I know you, as well as myself, questions why we go through things that we do not understand. And just when we think we have made it through, another journey begins… And we thought we had just succeeded at the first journey.

Well, to be honest with you, we probably never will understand, here on earth…But, we must have the faith to know that God is preparing us for the journey ahead of us. We are just on assignment here on earth. We are here to do a work for God, our Heavenly Father. One day we will return to our home in Heaven.

As for myself, I hope God will be able to say,”His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” Matthew 25:21

First we must know that God knows what He’s doing for each of us. He is the potter, and we are His clay. He will mold us and make us and expose us to just enough pressures of just the right kinds that we may be made into a flawless piece of work to fulfill His good, pleasing and perfect will.

So when life seems hard, and you are being pounded and patted and pushed almost beyond endurance; when your world seems to be spinning out of control; when you feel like you are in a fiery furnace of trials; when life seems to “stink”, try this ..

Brew a cup of your favorite tea in your prettiest tea cup, sit down and
think on this story and then, have a little talk with the Potter.

Blessings, Love and Prayers,
Pastor Pat Aman

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