The other day I had the clearest vision. In it I saw a sculpture that was in process. As parts were chiseled off, sometimes a sharp point would appear until the Sculptor would come and smooth it over. Then I heard God say, “Be aware that when I am refining people, sometimes during that process a sharp edge will occur. A place of needed healing will be revealed, and they can act out. Be gracious with other’s processes and receive that same grace for yourself.”
Let that settle on your heart for a minute.
We shouldn’t be surprised when we watch people go through seasons. Don’t we all do that? Some are easy, and some are hard, but they’re where we grow. Seasons are where our character is developed.
I can honestly confess that there are times when God has been working in such a deep place in my heart that I was irritable with the world around me. I was just too overwhelmed with the process at that moment. Those are the rough-edged moments that I’m talking about.
In those moments, I needed extra grace. Why then shouldn’t I give extra grace to those around me? I most assuredly should. Especially if I want to receive it again next time.
Sometimes God’s work in our lives can be likened to a deep tissue massage. Those really hurt! But they can be so beneficial. The pain is worth the relief that will come.
Whatever your process looks like right now, I encourage you to present yourself to the Lord as willing. As one who will not shy away from any work He desires to do inside of or around you. The most joy is found when one is surrendered to His instructing hand.
Likewise, take a close look at those around you. Is there someone within your inner circle that is really taxing for you right now? Instead of thinking about how much you can’t stand them, take a minute and ask God to peel back the layers and show you their heart. What are they going through? What is He doing inside of them right now? How can you be useful to them in this hard season?
Instead of being so grateful you “aren’t like that person”, ask God to use you in their life. Ask Him to anoint you to be love toward them. You will feel so satisfied if you do, and who knows, you may find that relationship restored.
Thank You God for relationship.
There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12