“This is how the lamp stand was made:  it was made of hammered gold—from its base to its blossoms.  The lamp stand was made exactly like the pattern the Lord had shown Moses.” Numbers 8:4 NIV

It’s not my imagination!  I feel the pounding blows of a hammer!  A big hammer.  Blows that leave bruises and shake my foundation.  Blows that hurt.  Blows that knock me out of my complacency and force me to focus on what really matters.  But at the same time, these blows are carefully aimed to create an object of beauty, a work of art.  They are not cruelly delivered without purpose.  Every blow is measured against the template of His loving plan for my life.

I want to be that golden lamp that reflects His light. I want to be better than I am, more beautiful than I think possible.  I want to be such a reflection of Jesus that people notice.  If it takes more hammering, I’m willing.  I’ll endure the process that makes me more like Him.  I’ll not fight the hammer that transforms my life into the pattern the Lord has chosen, that breathtaking work of art that speaks to my world.

How about you?  Are you fighting the hammer?

Dear Lord, please give us wisdom to see what you are doing in our lives and help us cooperate.  Amen



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