This weekend, my family and I had a wonderful getaway. Believe me, we needed it! Life’s been a bit crazy lately. And if you know my family, that’s saying something… because some people would say our life is always a bit crazy. The past four months have been more so than usual, with some days honestly seeming almost unbearable.
But we got away from it all, enjoying three days of laughs and larks, all around just making some great memories.
On Saturday, we took the kids to this amazing hands-on art studio in Door County, which, interestingly, is called the “Hands On Art Studio.” While the name is simple, (and thankfully, easy to remember, especially for the sake of googling,) the creativity there is endless! My husband and I found the place this summer on an anniversary trip, and we couldn’t wait to let the kids try it. We planned a trip during Christmas break.
But along came some of that before-mentioned craziness, and the trip got cancelled.
Even so, thanks to a long weekend, we rescheduled, and thus found ourselves on the 2nd floor of one of the studio’s barns, painting a variety of ceramics, from everything from a tall, slender vase to a square plate, a wavy platter, a word bubble plaque, and two mugs (one a sleek modern style; the other, a molded “Grumpy.”) I myself had two square bowls before me, looking to make a set for a platter I’d done back in July.
As I swiped paint on, aiming for interesting swooshes, some thick, some thin, layering colors, looking for just the right blends and contrasts that would add depth and complexity, I kept reminding the kids not to pay attention to the drab, pastel colors they saw in front of them. “Just wait until it comes out of the kiln! Once it gets fired, all those colors will take on a whole new look! A whole new life!”
They probably got tired of my saying it, but hey, moms are used to repeating things over and over. It’s hard to know when to stop! “Be patient with the rough, coarse texture…Just wait ’til it goes through that heat!”
And, as always seems to be the case when I try to teach my children something, I got the lesson.
All this “stuff” I’ve been going through lately? All these varied experiences that seem coarse and drab? It suddenly hit me. They’re just swipes of color the Lord has been carefully applying to my life and my heart.
And the struggles? The ones that make me feel like I’m walking through a fiery furnace? Well, from what I’m reading, those ceramic bowls need the kiln to reach almost 2000 degrees before they’re finished!
But look how they turned out!
So as we came back home to reality this week, as we very quickly felt the temperature of our lives heat up again,… I set my bright, vivid bowls on my dining room table and reminded myself,
I’m just in the process of being fired!
Just wait to see what He’s done with me when He’s finished!! To God be the Glory!
“He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6, NASB)