"Ouch!" says the lump of clay as the Potter throws it back on the wheel.

The wheel spins faster and faster as the firm hand of the Potter begins to shape the clay.

"Stop it, I can’t take any more".

"I am creating a vessel of honour - an instrument of great unsurpassed

beauty to be of service in the courts of the King."

"Not my will, but thine be done."

"Ouch!" says the ruby as the Craftsman chips away at the unwanted matter.

The sharp instrument grinds deeper as the firm hand of the Craftsman transforms the


"Stop it, I can’t take any more".

"I chose you to be a priceless gem in the palace of the King - a radiant, beautiful treasure of great worth."

"Not my will, but thine be done "

"Ouch!" says the gold as the Refiner places it in the furnace.

The dross drips away as the Refiner turns up the heat.

"Stop it, I can’t take any more".

"You are being fashioned to shine forever in the King’s domain where you

will reign together in spender and majesty."

"Not my will, but thine be done."

"Ouch!" says the tree as the Gardener prunes another branch.

The saw cuts away at the flesh causing great pain.

"Stop it, I can’t take any more."

"This must be done in order for you to bear more fruit in the garden of the


"Not my will, but thine be done."

"Ouch!" says the woman as her Father prizes out a root of rebellion from her


The procedure is agonizingly painful.

"Stop it, I can’t take any more."

"My precious daughter" replies her Father, "I need to do this to transform

you into the image of My own dear Son. Weeping may endure for the night, but joy

comes in the morning. Whom the Lord loves, He chastens. The loving discipline

may hurt, but it is necessary, for the end result will be glorious. I must

bring to your attention the things that hinder your maturity so that I can purge them from

your heart forever. I am adorning My glorious bride to rule and reign with Me in

My Kingdom. I am taking you from glory to glory - from strength to strength.

I am stamping my own image upon your heart as you yield to My hand upon your


"Not my will, but thine be done."


By DELWYN McALISTER – reflecting recent trials

Griffith, New South Wales, Australia

God has blessed Brent and Delwyn with Marguerite (13), Rosanne (10 ½), Gloria (6), Christy-Anne (3) and sweet baby Ruby (6 months).

Delwyn edits a magazine for mothers called, Keepers at Home to provide Christian women with a forum for sharing and encouraging each other in being a wife and mother. Available for $25.00 a year from:


P O Box 225 Tokoroa NZ

P O Box 2207 Griffith NSW Australia

Fax Australia 02 69629720

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Web site www.keepersathome.firm.tc


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