"Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him. Mark 6:3."
My Dad's sermon this last Sunday reminded us that Jesus is the Carpenter. Not only is He the Carpenter, He created the world, He created me, and He created you. He looks at us like a carpenter looks at a piece of wood...he sees the potential. My Grandpa was an excellent carpenter. He loved to make beautiful Grandfather Clocks. That's him in this picture. God called him home 15 1/2 years ago. Dad's sermon made me miss him very much. Grandpa didn't just look at a plain piece of wood and see it as such; he saw a magnificent grandfather clock in that humble piece of wood.
Jesus looks at you and I in the very same way. Oh, yes, He sees our imperfections and our shortcomings, but He doesn't just stop there...He sees our potential!
He sees what He desires for us to become and He gently begins carving, cutting away, smoothing rough edges, and making us into a beautiful, one-of-a-kind masterpiece. I love that!
Some days I don't feel like a masterpiece in progress, I just see flaws. I'm thankful that He sees it all and yet still loves me too much to leave me the way that I am. He is gently, unless I am being stubborn (as is often the case), and patiently (thank you, Father!) making me into what He wants me to be. Some days it's painful and some days it can be fun and exciting. One thing I know for sure: I don't want Him to stop until His work is completed in my life. My life is His and I want Him to be glorified in my life and my family's life. What about you?