For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
I’ve often heard people talk about being “in process,” and it has always had kind-of a negative connotation for me. It’s almost as if people use that statement to cover the reality that they are slow to surrender, and as a result, slow to grow. Over and over in this journey with God I’m reminded of the first words I remember Him speaking to me: ”What about you, Jason? Why concern yourself with others’ perceived motives? What are you going to do with this life I gave you?” We will get back to that in a moment.
As the teacher started to explain how we would go about making our own custom cutting boards, he told us that we would need to pick a shape. After searching for a few minutes, I decided on the shape of the of Ohio, my home state. The teacher said this would be very difficult. I asked, “Is it possible?” He said yes, so we moved forward. I didn’t find out until later that one of the challenges with my choice was that I’d have to sand the whole thing by hand. God’s grace sometimes shields us from the knowledge of the cost on the front end, lest we try to take an easier route. I’m glad I did not. As I worked and worked on sanding the edges, God was reminding me of all the life shaping that took place back in Ohio, every piece of that journey now being utilized in this one. I saw it through new eyes and realized it was worth it. I wouldn’t have chosen the road I took, but it was worth it. As I sanded all the nooks and crannies of my cutting board—though it was difficult—I was filled with gratitude that my Father never misses a rough edge while working with me. I often marvel at the ability of our Master Craftsman to take all of our choices, even the bad ones, and make something so unique and beautiful.
By His grace, I daily choose to yield to the shaping process. Whatever it costs and however much I seemingly have to give up, it is worth it. There is no greater gift than to see and know that your life is being actively carved into everything He intended.
What about you?