Thursday, May 14, 2020
Florida, USA

here is a process you must go through if you must lead the success procession.

There was an imaginary couple who used to go to England to shop in the beautiful stores. They both liked antiques and pottery and especially teacups. This was their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary.

One day in this beautiful shop they saw a beautiful cup. They said, "May we see that? We've never seen one quite so beautiful."

As the lady handed it to them, suddenly the cup spoke. "You don't understand," it said. "I haven't always been a teacup. There was a time when I was red and I was clay. My master took me and rolled me and patted me over and over and I yelled out, 'let me alone,' but he only smiled and said, 'Not yet.'

"Then I was placed on a spinning wheel," the cup said, "and suddenly I was spun around and around and around. Stop it! I'm getting dizzy! I screamed. But the master only nodded and said, 'Not yet.'

"Then he put me in the oven. I never felt such heat!" the teacup said. "I wondered why he wanted to burn me, and I yelled and knocked at the door. I could see him through the opening and I could read his lips as He shook his head and said, 'Not yet.'

"Finally, the door opened, he put me on the shelf, and I began to cool. 'There, that's better,' I said. And he brushed and painted me all over. The fumes were horrible. I thought I would gag. 'Stop it, stop it!' I cried. He only nodded and said, 'Not yet.'

"Then suddenly he put me back into the oven, not like the first one. This was twice as hot and I knew I would suffocate. I begged. I pleaded. I screamed. I cried. All the time I could see him through the opening, nodding his head saying, 'Not yet.'

"Then I knew there wasn't any hope. I would never make it. I was ready to give up. But the door opened and he took me out and placed me on the shelf.

One 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.'

"'I want you to remember, then,' he said, 'I know it hurts to be rolled and patted, but if I had 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 knew it hurt and 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.

And if I hadn't put you back in that second oven, you wouldn't survive for very long because the hardness would not have held.

Now you are a finished product. You are what I had in mind when I first began with you.'"

God's touch is never destructive, it is ever constructive. He may let you pass through the fire but you will not burnout. He has the picture of your future taken even before you set out. He takes you through the bends and the sharp curves so you can grow to be a master rider yourself. He allows you to go through the workshop so you can be a befitting specimen for His Show-room.

If only you know the 'fire' you are in is God's agent to take you to your promise land then you will cry out 'More of it Lord!' My prayer for you is that, at the end of the day, you will be what He had in mind when He first began with you. You will finish strong. You may start out weak but the Lord will accelerate your speed and cause you to go the last mile all the way. I just love this hymn:

When I've gone the last mile of the way
I will rest at the close of the day
And I know there are joys that await me
When I've gone the last mile of the Way

What will matter at the end is if you tough-through that situation to stay true to the Lord. Go the last mile and you will smile at the other side of life.

God Bless you big. Stay SAFE!