Do You Wanna Build A Snowman?

While we’ve been seeing 60-degree days here recently in the Mid-Atlantic, this is the time of year we get imaginings of Walking in a Winter Wonderland. My children are already dreaming up a White Christmas. Last winter we didn’t have a ton of snow. But one snowfall was just enough for us to build a snowman. It’s like the songs from the movie Frozen won’t leave me alone. They see snow and all I hear singing is, “Do You Wanna Build A Snowman?”

 

Now let me preface this by saying I don’t like snow and I don’t like to be cold. But for the babies, yes I’ll brave the cold to help you fashion a magnificent snowman. You know like the ones you see on TV. Three perfectly symmetrical balls ascending in size from top to bottom just right. In my mind this would be an easy feat.

 

Well I soon came to see that the process was far from easy.

 

In my mind we would just pack the snow into a large ball then roll that balls into the snow, gathering enough snow to the ball to make the head about the size of a basketball. We were able to gather the snow all right and somewhat pack it into a semi round shape. Now the rolling part….well that never quite worked out. Sometimes it stuck, sometimes it didn’t. We ended up with a head that looked more like Ernie from Sesame Street than the head on Frosty. Repeating that process two more times to form the body proved even more challenging. Meanwhile, my children were having a blast with this while I, the perfectionist A-Type was having an internal meltdown that it wasn’t picture perfect. We gave him eyes, a nose and a hat and the children stood back, looked on in awe and rejoiced at their masterpiece.

 

Oh friends, we too are being shaped, fashioned and formed into works of art. We are the Father’s masterpiece.

 

O people of Israel, can I not do the same to you as this potter has done?

You are like clay in My hands—I will mold you as I see fit.

Jeremiah 18:6

 

The Father is consistently:

Packing

Removing

Squeezing

Pinching

Stretching

Smashing

Pulling

Kneading

 

All in an effort to mold us into His image. As the original designer He knows the desired outcome. Along the way we pick up and pack on accessories that can mar or detract from our unique design. Click To Tweet

 

Here lately He’s pinching off control, selfishness and pride to reveal the likeness created in Him of surrender, selflessness and humility.

 

And yet, O Lord, you are our Father.

We are the clay, and you are the potter.

We all are formed by your hand.

Isaiah 64:8

 

While the pressing between those MIGHTY PALMS feels like it’s squeezing the life out of me, I exhale long and deep, throw my head back and smile as I go for the ride of my life on the potter’s wheel.

 

As always, it is my prayer that you’ve been Inspired To Live Fully!
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6 replies
  1. Lux
    Lux says:

    This is beautiful. We are beautifully created but we encounter a few bumps that change us somehow. But we are still the same inside. We are still God’s masterpiece. 🙂

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  2. Katrina
    Katrina says:

    I also want to share that I followed a few of your recipes for Thanksgiving, especially liked the sweet potatoes with apples slow cooked. Yummy.

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  3. Katrina
    Katrina says:

    I enjoyed the last line about being squeezed, yet breathing and throwing your head back to let God mold us. It’s a good reminder that we always able to be changed and formed into His image. Please pray for my strength this season.

    Merry Christmas!

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    • Tyra Lane-Kingsland
      Tyra Lane-Kingsland says:

      Katrina,
      I literally feel as if God is squeezing me right now. I saw myself trying to hold my breath. He clear said, “let go and exhale.” And when I did I got this image of me being a kid on this spinning gravity ride at the amusement park. So yes, let’s throw our heads back and embrace the process instead of resisting it. Seems so contrary to human rationale but that’s so God. He does seemingly the opposite of what we think. Happy to hear about your success with the recipe. Bountiful blessings to you.

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