Thursday, May 13, 2010
My eight year old imagination did not comprehend how close to truth I was. I recently learned white marble forms when very pure limestone rock is buried deeply and exposed to high heat and great pressure. I now understand what I could not get then: anything that goes through a lot of heat and pressure is special because of the deep, undisturbed process used in its formation. "Crystal" is a marvel because of its forming. It is also a marvel because it begins in a very pure state of limestone.
It is pure in its beginning, yet, incomplete. It is formed through specific circumstances that change its nature.
Purifying. Burying. Working. Changing. Forming. Becoming. Being.
White marble and God's unlimited capacity for analogies provide our limited understanding with more than a lesson in geology. The way of white stone is a study in soul truth.
God's loving heart works purity in our lives, and He chooses to place our sanctified souls in the fire and vice of testing. The Father's omniscient eyes anticipate the coming crystal result that will sparkle with divine, diamond-like specks. Snips and shards of Christ's character that combine to create God's special stones. His keepsakes. Worthy of washing and holding and loving and marvelling. Stones of life. God's treasured collection. His own.
With this truth planted in my own soul's soil, I today cling to Jesus Christ, the Rock of my salvation. And I long to learn of His character and search and dig for more of His truth.
In the process of seeking and digging, however, I often become frustrated. Time limitations, daily duties, and physical hindrances get in my way. My "arms" tire. My will grows weary. It feels that I have little of me left to unearth the treasures I crave. I wish for instant success in my search. I want to see more now. Know more now. Love more now. Be more now.
But the understanding character of Father God has patience with my way and likewise speaks stillness to my restless heart. As I grow weary with the process, He says, "Be still, Andrea. Know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10, NIV).
We can all find rest in His destined place. We find that rest when we relax and let the process of Christ's forming work within us.
It sounds so simple. Not!
As well, my carnal nature fights against the intensity of God's process, but as I stand on Philippians 4:13, I am able to do what is unnatural. "I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me."
We are all in a formation process. And prayer is one important element that guides our transformation. Friend, would you join me in prayer? Would you mind if I approached the throne of grace for you today? This very moment, as I write these words, I sense our Father's enormous love for you. You, one very special stone, who are His child.
I pray for my friends. Each one is a choice offering. Each life is so individual. Each need is so particular.
Yet, you know, Oh, Lord. Yes, you know each one.
I ask You to fill your beloved with peace, with grace, with comfort, with trust, with faith, with joy. Jesus, let us experience the power of Your holy presence that lifts us from our ache to our knees and to our feet. May we all be overwhelmed with the realness of Who You are and the power of divine love that we have yet to know fully.
I ask You, Jesus, Who suffered for our liberty and healing, to strengthen, edify, and encourage each one who was destined to read here today. Yes, Lord, You have set your love on her or him. You care so much more than we can now know. You care about things that seem small and things that are great, and nothing is too hard for You.