Have you ever stopped and thought about rock?
No not Pearl Jam or Aerosmith!
Rocks. As in the gravel in a driveway or that of a beautiful granite counter-top.
You have little rocks, big rocks, pretty rocks, and not so pretty rocks.
Rocks do a lot of things. They serve a lot of purposes.
Have you ever stopped to think how a rock is made?
Rocks can be made by processes such as melting, eroding, cooling, compacting, or deforming.
Still yet, another possibility is that rocks change into other rock. This is called a metamorphic rock.
How does a rock become another rock you ask?
Just apply heat, pressure, and time!
These three elements change dull, seemingly useless rocks into something spectacular and desirable.
These three elements turn limestone to marble, granite to gneiss, mudstone to schist, slate to phylitte.
A little bit of polish to those rocks and they are worth a pretty penny!
There is something to learn Spiritually of this impromptu science lesson.
When the heat of life is on and the pressure is crushing, give it some time because you will come out on the other side, brilliant.
In Romans 5:3-5 Paul teaches,
“And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
Stand tall in moments that try our faith and join in the song of others who have/had the privilege of struggle.
Because when tribulation (Which in Greek, thlipsis literally means pressure) is added, patience is formed.
Patience (time) crafts experience.
In experience (heat), we begin to the see the astounding plan and things that Christ has in store for us in Heaven and in this life (Philippians 1:20-21).
Creating a shameless Christian, rejoicing in the love of God.
So do not be scared of elements and their crafting ability, God utilizes these tools to enrich the Body of Christ.
It is a gracious after effect of joining the family of God.
A guarantee to building an absolutely beautiful personal ministry.