In life sometimes we go through allot of crud. We wonder why on earth sometimes we have to endure the things we do. 'Stand tall little trooper', the well meaning bystander may say, when inside you hurt and want to get on with life. For the Christian these trials help us grow stronger in the end and more like Jesus ( See James 1:3). We are like clay in the potters hand. The potter is Jesus. He is molding and shaping us into His image through the things in life we go through.
On a potters wheel the potter is trying to get his clay pot just right and has to occasionally smack it around , tear off a piece or two, reform it and fire it. Imagine for a moment you are the clay. You are being smacked around and re-formed. "Ouch stop that! That hurts!" But afterwards this wonderfully beautiful pot is ready to enjoy. Just like us after we have gone through the refiners fire are shaped more into the image of Christ. (Read Isaiah 64:8;Romans 9:21;Zechariah 13:9;Job 23:10;Isaiah 43:2).
Prayer: Lord Jesus for anyone going through trials right now help them endure knowing that you have a plan for each of our lives. Give us strength to endure whatever comes our way. In Jesus name. Amen!