Forged in Fire

Recently we were at Dollywood and saw beautiful pottery in blue, green and brown hues. On a sign, they had displayed the directions for making the pottery. “After the master craftsman forms the piece, it is shelved to dry for 5 – 7 days. First firing begins at 1900° for 16 hours. This brings out all impurities. After dipping in glaze, the second firing is 2400 degrees! This brings out all the special colors. This makes our pottery microwave, oven and dishwasher safe.” The Bible says that God is the potter and we are the clay, but I never realized all that entailed. It’s interesting that the clay has to be placed in extreme heat to rid it of all impurities. Similarly, trials and tribulations serve to rid us of our impurities. Also, much like our trials, the second firing is much hotter, but necessary to bring out the true essence of the colors and make it durable and strong. Thank you Lord for knowing just how to mold and shape us!

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