I am in the midst of a family move. In our two-year journey to find a new home and sell our current one, we are now officially in “clock-watching mode.” The calendar furiously flips to each new day while my mind buzzes at warp speed ticking through our family list of things to accomplish. As I reach to capture a thought, another one comes zooming in its place, jockeying for my attention, only to be unceremoniously shoved out of the way by yet another item of the utmost importance.
Have you moved – with kiddos and doggos? Then you know I’m experiencing the excitement and uncertainties of moving – preparing our current home for buyers while floundering to finalize my excel-formatted timeline to pack as our moving day nears. In my head, it’s all worked out! I’ve envisioned a list for each day to accomplish tasks, while experiencing harmonious joy in our home. In reality, the vision is accompanied by dramatic, dissonant chords of anxiousness about how to actually get it all done!
Today, the appraisal team came to assess our home’s value for the new family moving in a mere 19 days! The appraisal team got me thinking about how we value things here on planet earth in comparison to how God values His people…
Shiny new trucks, marked with business signs, signaled the professionals had arrived. I was warmly greeted with smiles, handshakes and business cards declaring areas of expertise with credentials I don’t recognize. The team’s mission? To appraise our home to determine whether the negotiated contract price is in line with the amount the bank is willing to loan the buyer. My mission? To wait.
Adventures are fraught with built-in wait times. As is Scripture! God reminds us in Psalm 46:10 to, “Be still, and know that I am God.” The command sounds simple, doesn’t it? Truthfully, we squirm and grow restless in the waiting. What we lack in patience we make up for by being busy instead of fruitful.
Let’s think on God together! Are we expectantly waiting for Jesus? Are we obedient to God’s commands in the waiting? Are we thoughtful about our choices or are we thoughtlessly just getting by? Is our self-appraisal based on what we do, steeped in words others speak over us? Let’s think on the Truth! Let’s claim our identity in knowing the One who created us in His image. My sense is God isn’t interested in appraising us, he knows our hearts and minds. Instead, God is indeed the Potter, who is more interested in molding us, loving us and transforming us, for His glory. Just as a kiln produces heat within an insulated oven to transform materials, so does the Father change the temperature of our circumstances to transform our hearts. Artist above all artists, the Potter is inviting you and me to become women who know and serve the Lord. Women who claim their identity not from this world, but in Jesus. Women who are
My prayer for you and me today? To worship the Potter. To understand that while our Father’s molding may bring challenges, the Potter’s hands gracefully create and beautifully shape us, for His glory. To fully accept He sees us through the blood of Jesus – Holy. Righteous. Redeemed.