Sometimes we go through trials that mar us. The marring can be emotional as well as physical. When I fell into the ravine in 1977, it marred me physically. I went from 5’9 3/4″ to 5’8″ and suffered a severe brain injury. Any type of abuse, birth defects, accidents, etc. They all mar. The list can continue. The marring is very individual because of our personal and complex situations in life.
The takeaway always goes back to the fact that God allowed it. In my case with the ravine, it radically changed my relationship with the Lord. He used that marring to woo me to Himself in a way I had not read about nor ever experienced before. What does the Lord desire to accomplish through our marring? His main purpose in the lives of His children is to conform us to His image.
Philippians 1:6 says, “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” We never arrive. Our walk with Him is progressive. He leads us step by step into His purposes through what He has ordained for us to walk in. Hebrews 13:21 says, “Make you complete in every good work to do His will…”
His will is first and foremost. What is His will? He desires that we will represent Him in all of our relationships. The verse continued, “…working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” As I read the words ‘working in you’ my mind goes back to a potter.
The potter takes a chunk of dry clay. It is worthless to him, until he works water into the clay. Does that sound familiar? God’s word is spoken of as water. Ephesians 5:26 says of Jesus and His church, “That He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word.” The potter has to soften the clay so he can knead it until it is malleable. He then can place the softened lump on his spinning wheel. There is another essential process. He has to apply pressure in order to center it. Until it is centered in His hands, he cannot form his desired design.
The Lord uses the pressure of our trials to center us on Himself. If He has allowed a trial to mar us, we can embrace it as His mark of ownership. I want to go to another example of marring. Have you ever seen a stone sculptor at work? Every blow of his chisel and hammer mars the stone. He has to chip away the superfluous in order to expose the design he has in mind.
The Lord placed the seed of our conception in our mother’s womb with the knowledge of all that we would go through and what we would be. He knows us thoroughly. He orchestrates what needs to take place in our lives in order to fulfill His intended purpose. Ephesians 1:11 says that He is working everything according to the counsel of His will. Let us embrace His process.