Work in Progress

He’s still working on me
To make me what I ought to be
It took him just a week to make the moon and stars
The sun and the earth and Jupiter and Mars
How loving and patient He must be
He’s still workin’ on me

This song by Joel Hemphill ministered to my heart this morning. Our fast paced society encourages us to “do” rather than “being”. We hurry from one activity to another….. and measure our worth by our accomplishments. No time to rest, no time to “be”.

This morning I am thinking about my to-do list….it can be overwhelming at times if I let it be my focus. I feel the pressure and weight of various assignments. It sometimes feels like I am never going to catch up. It is easy for me to see all my inadequacies and sink into despair.

The pot he was shaping

from the clay was marred

in his hands; so the potter

formed it into another pot,

shaping it

as seemed best to him (Jeremiah 18:4).

But God calls me aside to rest in Him….to allow Him to carry my burdens. Today, I am reminded that it is not up to me. In myself, I am a complete mess but with Christ in me, I am a WIP, a work in progress. Paul told the Philippians (Phil 3:12) that he had not attained all the goals set before him nor was he perfect in any way. However, he determined to press on, to take hold of Jesus’ call on his life.

My challenge and yours is to press on daily…….to intentionally choose to press on and take hold of Christ, not our inadequacies. For when we are weak, Christ is strong. His power is made perfect in our weakness.

God is always at work to smoothen out my rough edges. I am reminded to be patient with myself and others as He works through the rough spots in my life. God’s goal is to make me more like Him. This process is similar to a caterpillar’s metamorphosis into a butterfly.

A caterpillar is immature and resembles more of a worm than butterfly. It goes through several changes and eventually becomes a beautiful butterfly. Just like the caterpillar’s transformation into a beautiful butterfly, I am a work in progress. Even with my failures and self-doubt, I am assured of God’s love.

In the mirror of His word
Reflections that I see
Makes me wonder why He never gave up on me
But He loves me as I am and helps me when I pray
Remember He’s the potter, I’m the clay

He is still working on me to make me what I ought to be…He will complete one day when I see him face to face.

How about you? I trust He is still working on you too. Father, we thank you for loving us and not giving up on us. Amen!


2 thoughts on “Work in Progress

  1. Thank you for your words and encouragement here. Mercy, we are broken and messes and live messy, don’t we? “For when we are weak, Christ is strong.” Thank you, again, for this sweet reminder to press on – taking hold of Him who loves us and redeems our broken stories… Hugs and blessings to you!

  2. Thank you for sharing this with us! You always inspire me to keep my head up, reminding me that God is using me for HIS plans. I am praying for you, asking Him to help you focus on Him, instead of your many tasks.

    Love you! ♥

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