Monday, August 20, 2007

God as Potter...Not Dentist

Paul Tripp has recently composed thoughts on the subject of waiting, admitting that when he is waiting on the Lord he often views that time much akin to sitting in the waiting room of a dentist's office. However, God is shaping and fashioning us as a Potter during this time. I encourage you to read his article, "Psalm 29: Productive Delay." I have gone through a lot in the past few weeks, and very few people know fully how these weeks have been, something that I hope to write about soon. His post brought me a world of encouragement (along with much-needed conviction). I'll whet your appetite to read the full article by quoting his conclusion:

Waiting on God is restorative. It's one of the tools God uses to remake us into what we were designed to be in the beginning. Yet, I don't like to wait and I still struggle to wait well. How about you? The next time God calls you wait, don't let your mind go to the dentist's office. Picture in your mind the nimble and skilled fingers of a potter, who's putting pressure on the clay right where it's needed, so that it will take on the beauty that is it's potential. And with this picture in mind, give thanks for the very moment that would have once have driven you crazy.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Sweating the Small Stuff?

A great new article on the Boundless Webzine site tackles the issues of being picky and sweating the minor difficulties that come up in relationships, especially in the initial stages. I just read the article and found it to be very observant and convicting! The title of the article is also the author's main focus: "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff." It's worth a read!