Midweek Push

Wednesday, March 07, 2012


But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.” (Isaiah 64:8)

When I was a child, I absolutely despised getting my hair done. I can even recall the time my grandmother washed not only my hair but my eyes as well. Ouch! I was the kid that would settle for a ponytail versus braids and barrettes. I would often act as if I didn’t hear my mom or my sister call me when it was time to get my hair “fixed.” Why? It Hurt!

There was tugging, pulling, pressing, braiding…all to look presentable? I remember crying, screaming, and trying to put it off for as long as I could. Here it is, years later, and I STILL dread getting my hair done; and I still put off going to the stylist for as long as possible. I complain all the way there, while I’m sitting there, and sometimes right before I leave. If I could avoid the salon all together, I would!

For the life of me, I don’t understand why I must go through so much discomfort just to look and feel good. (Maybe it’s because I dare not go outside with my hair standing on top of my head; oh I can just imagine the looks I’d receive.) What is so ironic about my disdain for the salon experience is that when the stylist finishes, turns my chair around, and I look at myself in the mirror, I instantly begin smiling from ear to ear. I become thankful for the experience because now I can see why it took so much tugging, tucking, trimming, and time. I appreciate the ending result so much that I sign up to do it all over again weeks later.

I wonder if sometimes we miss God’s lessons because we are too busy complaining through the process. Could it be that we never experience the awe of the end results because we give up during the moments of pain? Do we put off being molded by the Father for as long as possible? We learn in Isaiah 64:8 that we are the clay, God is our potter, and we are the work of His hands.

We must remember that we are the clay NOT the Creator. God owns the right to change, mold, bend, or shape us into His Image how He sees fit and at any time. The problem comes when we feel that because God’s tests are not always easy to answer like 2 + 2, that He doesn’t love us. The very fact that God is testing us shows just how much He loves and cares for us. Don’t equate your pains, aches, hurts, heartaches, mishaps, and not-so-good days with God forgetting about you; this is backwards thinking. God’s tests are one of the many ways He demonstrates His Love toward you (Proverbs 3:12, Hebrews 12:6).

I now know that when I go to the stylist, she is not purposely trying to hurt me; it’s just part of the process. Just as when God has a hand on us, it’s going to take some pressure to wash out the kinks, a little tug here or pull there. It’s part of the process. BUT when God turns your chair around and you are facing the mirror, you’ll no longer see the kinks, the blemishes, or the mistakes. You’ll see yourself and smile at the beautiful woman, the patient mother, the loving sister, the loyal friend…God’s Work of Art; and you’ll happily sign up to do it all over again weeks, months, or perhaps even minutes later!

If you don’t take anything else away from this lesson, please remember this point, even when it hurts, or seems endless, God knows exactly what He is doing so trust Him with your life!

You’re In Good Hands!

Shanita R. Jones

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  1. Wow!! Shanita - I can so identify with EVERYTHING I just read I had to re read to see if you had said "Joy".
    This is so true and I'm happy to know that He always comes through for me (us) in the end, if we only bear the pain and discomfort...we will enjoy the ride and smile at the end of the journey.
    I have five wonderful sons - between 1981 - 2006 I've been pregnant, it was a tough thirty years but when I look at my sons today I can only lift my hands to heaven and say thank you Lord.
    Thanks again for sharing and may you have a blessed and wonderful day. At the end you will be smiling cause you - S.W.A.P. Ministries have reached out and touched many lives. God be praised!


    1. Good Morning Joy,

      You have just touched my soul this morning! Thank you so much for sharing your story and connection to the lesson! I can just feel your love and passion for God right through your words! You are a wonderful mother, I know because you have the love of God in you! I personally want to say thank you for being a sister with a purpose! You are a light to our life.




    1. Amen Lisa Bucher! Aren't we all! Thankful for God's marvelous handiwork!!

  3. Good Job You Both!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mom Love You!
    Beautiful Thoughts!

    1. Thanks Mom, you're the best! Love your support! Keep the prayers and encouragement coming!


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