Shaped By The Potter: An Eyebrow Story

I stood in front of the bathroom mirror and looked at myself. Nothing about me said, “cool”. Not my heather gray uniform shirt with its big purple letters emblazoned across the front, announcing to the world that I was, indeed, a student at Alder Middle School. Not my short, adult haircut that said, “I belong on someone’s mom.” And definitely not the wire-rimmed glasses with scratched lenses and stretched-beyond-repair arms. I took my glasses off and straddled the toilet. I let out a low sigh and grabbed the razor. I was gonna do something about these eyebrows. I leaned forward, inches from the mirror. Armed with the razor, I went in. A little underneath on the left, a little underneath on the right. A little at the end on the right, a little at the end on the left. Back and forth for what seemed like hours until finally, I felt satisfied. And then… leaned back for a full view of my newly coifed eyebrows. Oh. My. God. What was left of my eyebrows was atrocious. I had half of one eyebrow and three-quarters of the other. And not even a good three-quarters. I turned around on the toilet, facing the wall, and leaned back. My hands went to my mouth and I let out a silent scream. 
Sometimes life is just like that fateful day in 7th grade. We recognize something about ourselves that we don’t like or that we’ve compared to someone else and we just start hacking away at it. We don’t stop to ask God what He thinks of us or even to consider the goodness and the richness of that quality. We just see bushy eyebrows. But we are so much more than the make-up of our personality or our intelligence or our beauty. We are holy and unblemished, as Paul says in Ephesians 1:4 (NET).
“For He chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world that we may be holy and unblemished in His sight in love.”
We were chosen even before the heavens and the earth. We were never an afterthought; He laid out the world for the sake of enjoying it with us. Of course, we’re always growing and learning how we can better serve the kingdom, but stop today, and make sure that you’re hacking away at sin and not the splendor created at the hand of the potter.
Ask yourself these questions:
What trait are you currently battling with today? 
Is it because you haven’t fully accepted it as an asset or is it because God is weeding a particular sin from your life?
Prayer: Lord, you made me. You know me better than I know myself. Show me how You’ll use those parts of me that I find frustrating. Grow me, use me, every part of me. Let me be who I was created to be, a beautiful reflection of You. 
xo Megan
Megan Glenn
Top Photo by Shane Albuquerque on Unsplash
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Be Still

 

A WILD Devotional by Monica Martin

We move at such rapid speeds: a text here, an email there, social media everywhere. Not to mention, trying to keep up with our “to-do” lists. It leaves us thinking “how will I ever get this done?” It’s counter-cultural to JUST BE STILL!

As tragic events unfold before our eyes, and with such division at every corner, I find myself asking God, “What is happening?” “Why is this happening?” and “What can I do?” With so many important issues at hand, it’s difficult for me to imagine making an impact. When the loudest voices get heard the most, there’s a tendency to want to shout louder.  However, when we shout, there is so much noise in the atmosphere that we can’t hear clearly. When the chaos of this world starts to encroach on my world; my home, my church, my family, my work, I want to  take control, to do something. Yet, His voice says to me,

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalm 46:10 NKJV) 

…and suddenly I know that even if the chaos around me comes close to home, there is a peace and a stillness available in Jesus and I can enter into His rest.

My knowing that He is God does not remove my responsibility to act or speak. It does, however, give me the proper perspective to begin with: Him. His will. His power. His love. Through prayer and the application of His truth to guide my words and actions, I become his hands and feet to affect this hurting world, even if it’s only in my sphere of influence. Just because I can’t do everything doesn’t mean I can’t do something. Jesus said,

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NIV).

Join me in this prayer:

Father, I trust in your goodness, I pray for Your peace on earth and in our lives. Make me like Jesus, who did the works He saw You do and said the words He heard You speak. May I be ready and willing to say “yes!” to You at every opportunity. May I be quick to love and forgive. In Jesus name, amen.

xo Monica

Monica Martin and her husband Brandon have been married just one year and have an adorable dog named Luey. Together they own Martin Welding & Fabrication Inc, an ornamental and structural metal company. They are active members of The City Church and serve in the Guest Experience, City Kids and Grow ministries. Monica and Brandon are passionate about prayer and will soon be leading a City Group. To connect with a City Group, sign up here.

Monica and Brandon Martin (2)