“But now, O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand.”

Isaiah 64:8 NKJV

So, I’ve had an interesting weekend. I decided to make some truffles!

Abuelita Kick Mess

I call them Abuelita Kick because I used the Abuelita hot cocoa mix as the sweetener for my homemade condensed milk. the kick comes from the chili powder I put inside the chocolate and in the coating (along with cocoa powder and cinnamon). This was all for a Christmas dessert/cookie exchange I was a part of. I’m not really the baking or dessert type, so I was praying the whole way. “God, I really hope these are good and not too spicy.”

Thank you, God, people loved them! It was great seeing people enjoy the truffles. Then came the questions about how I made them. I started thinking about it.

The most interesting thing about the whole process was how messy it was. In making the condensed milk, which took about two hours, the recipe didn’t say how fast it thickens after it’s done. As I poured it out of the pan, it plopped into the jar and splashed onto my shirt, multiple times. The next day, as I made the truffles (which took 4 hours), shaping and coating them made my hands full of chocolate, cinnamon, and chili. My hands, my shirt, and even my face were dirty. But there sat the truffles, in their box, made and delicious.

Sometimes, we ask God, “Why isn’t this happening? Why am I like this? Why am I here?” Well , we’re God’s masterpiece. The clay in a potter’s hand. It takes work to make a masterpiece, or any creation (like a truffle). Each step takes time and patience. Some steps are easy, like getting the ingredients. Some are hard, like breaking the chocolate into smaller pieces to melt. Some are cleanly, like waiting for chocolate to harden. Some are messy, like forming the chocolate into its shape. Through it all, the one doing most of the work is the Creator. The creation is the thing being made.

Now, we’re not blocks of chocolate. We’re living and feeling. We have a choice to accept the Creator’s working hands in us and in our lives, or we can walk away unfinished. Walking away is easy, accepting God’s hand is not. Because in accepting God, we’re accepting each time consuming, uncomfortable, messy, hard, easy, clean, step. We’re accepting and trusting God’s process. It’s not the easiest thing in the world to do and keep doing by staying in God’s hands.

But if you do, you will be a growing masterpiece and not a growing unfinished work. We have to stay with God to be finished, to be loved. For God loves you. He hurts with you and laughs with you. He talks with you and sits in silence with you. He created you and is creating you. For you are a continuously growing masterpiece and He’s your immortal father potter.

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