Yesterday I wrote about how God brings rain in our lives but at the same time, gives us rain coats and umbrellas to help us weather through those storms. Mercy Me’s song “Bring the Rain” has always ministered to my heart. In fact, I wanted to even name this blog site – “Bring the Rain”. It was already taken!
When I first heard this song I was in my car pulling into my driveway. I sat and cried beautiful tears because I realized God cares so much about me to even bring the rain in my life. It meant that I was special and he wanted me to become something more than what I was hoping for my life.
He wanted to show me what happens when I put everything in his hands and allow him to mold me into his workmanship. I am continually learning what it means to praise God even the rain comes. It is easy to pout, become angry and even whine a bit. But God wants us to praise him through all things and realize that he is producing in us a greater glory for Him in the journey.
This changing process is sometimes a bigger deal than just a little rainstorm. A couple of years ago I realized that the rainstorm was temporary but the actual chiseling that God was wanting to do was going to bigger and even help diminish the frequency of the rainstorms. Not sure if I am making sense here.
There are sins or even strongholds as I would like to refer to them in our lives that God wants to CHISEL off. This fact is not a secret, we all have them. Yes, we try to cover them up and pretend they don’t exist. Maybe I am getting a little close for comfort….just hear me out.
The word CHISEL means from Wikipedia “A chisel is a tool with a characteristically shaped cutting edge of blade on its end, for carving or cutting a hard material such as wood, stone, or metal. In use, the chisel is forced into the material to cut the material.”
The chisel is forced into the material to cut the material….Hummm, that has got to hurt. My attitude and mind can sometimes be hard-headed – does that count? Yes, it does hurt when the sculptor (Jesus/God) tries to sculpt us into something of his desire when we try to avoid, dismiss, or even ignore the fact that we even need chiseling. I do this quite often. I speak from experience.
I will have to tell you that I have been through some pretty gruesome chiseling sessions with God just in the last year. I was not having a party! In fact, it took in some places in my life weeks for him to chisel it out. But I am so eternally grateful for what he showed me when he finished that area of chiseling.
The video that I would like to show you today is one that might take a couple more minutes of your time. But well worth the time spent. During this time of the year, those “hangups” tend to surface when family is around and we are out of our routine or even when we get blindsided by our unmet expectations. Pray and ask God to show you if this is an area he is trying to chisel. Sometimes the answer that you will get with him will be – “step up to my chiseling place.” It is a worthy place we should all go from time to time.
Blessings and Merry Christmas!