12 August 2014

The Lesson In An Egg

Founders Note: Today on the blog we have one of our monthly contributors Buife, sharing her heart on this month's theme Beauty in the Brokenness. You can find out more about Buife and her blog on the about page. 

The egg has proven to be a great reservoir of wisdom. The lessons that God so carefully wrapped in it are amazing. From the illustration that uses an egg to explain the Holy Trinity, to the one that shows how the life and destiny God has given us is as delicate as an raw egg, to this one that I'm about to share.

I haven't really heard this one before but every time an adult condones an improper behavior from a child around me, it gives me that 'irks' feeling. Like I know you don't always have to spank a child when he or she errs, but you don't look the other way, indulge the child's 'attitude' and make yourself feel good by adding, "what the child needs is prayers".

Every time I encounter this scenario, many Scriptures come to mind. For example, Hebrews 12:6...

“For the Lord corrects and disciplines everyone whom He loves, and He punishes, even scourges, every son whom He accepts and welcomes to His heart and cherishes.”

Every child needs to be disciplined, to be trained, to be corrected, thus, pointing him or her to the right path and building character in such a child.

And when they say, "oh, she's just a child; she should be pampered like an egg".

Ding!

That's when I really take time to understand how much an egg is pampered and bam!

You hardly ask a preschooler to carry your crate of eggs from the car to the kitchen; actually, I believe the word is NEVER!

And a lot of carefulness goes in when handling the same, even by an adult. But the egg is not entirely useful (that is, to be consumed) until it has been boiled or fried.

Now, imagine (with me) the temperature of the water at the time your egg is completely cooked and that of the oil before you pour in your egg.

See?

The best of the egg is brought out when it has been subjected to a little 'discipline'. It's not pampered all the way. It gets to a time when it needs to be broken. So does a child.

Every child even.

Including you and I.

Yes, we too are children of God.

And sometimes, He needs to discipline us to get us to get our heads in the game. To get it together and become serious with the life He has called us to live.

Sometimes, He needs to show us how it’s done.

And no, it's not because He hates. On the contrary, it is purely out of love, out of a burning desire to bring out the best in us.

So when we err, we shouldn't expect a pat on the back, and we shouldn't run from the cane too. If we erred, then that seed of sin needs to be uprooted.

"Any branch in Me that does not bear fruit [that stops bearing] He cuts away (trims off, takes away); and He cleanses and repeatedly prunes every branch that continues to bear fruit, to make it bear more and richer and more excellent fruit." - John 15:2, AMP.

We are to come to God the way we are, but we are not to remain that way. And most of the time, if not all of the time, He demolishes us completely so that He can begin anew to recreate. Most of the time, He doesn't mend us, He breaks us, takes away the old and gives us a brand new heart.

"Then I went down to the potter’s house, and behold, he was working at the wheel. And the vessel that he was making from clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he made it over, reworking it into another vessel as it seemed good to the potter to make it...O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in Mine hand, O house of Israel." – Jeremiah 18:3-4,6, AMP.

Bear with God when He does you 'dirty' because in essence, what He is doing is molding you to become as beautiful as Christ is.
 

5 comments:

  1. Thank you, Hills and Britney, for the opportunity to write for you and share my heart on your blog.

    I pray that we (you, me and your wonderful and blessed readers) will continue to find rest in the secret place of the Most High.

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  2. I do believe in spanking when a child deliberately disobeys, but then they must be held and loved and forgiven. Eggs are fragile and a child can learn respect and how to act in public. They also learn by example and we must be careful how we are teaching them. Thank you for sharing your lovely post with us here at “Tell Me a Story.” At: http://letmetelluastory.blogspot.com/

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  3. Hazel, that's a really good point. When it comes to disciplining children there needs to be balance. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and stopping by!

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  4. Your so welcome Buife! We're glad to have you on our team sister!

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