I Am a Piece of Work
July 17, 2017
I heard the Lord say, "You are a Piece of Work"! I was thinking that it was not really a compliment in the context of how we have heard that term, especially when referring to other people. But in this case, I knew it had a spin on it.
This word was significant to me because I am working on a project for our ladies' room at church. We bought this gorgeous mosaic tile, containing beautiful mother of pearl, marble and ornate nickel pieces, for the restroom, but the installment job has been a very long & slow process, taking much longer than it should. When the contracted help was finally finished, the tiles were left a bit messy, with lots of rough edges, tiles left unclean, and the nickel pieces in the mosaic were almost completely covered in grout.
Being the person I am, I had decided it was best if I just get in there and go to work. I had specifically picked out that tile, and I wanted to show its exquisite delicacy and beauty, I was not about to let it go with its splendor covered and caked in a muddy mess. As I have been spending hours working on cleaning off this tile, washing it, brushing it, and then picking out every single hint of grout, I am reminded that God is doing the same thing to us. He made us and created us to be beautiful masterpieces, and He is not about to let us go unfinished.
In 1988, I had finally surrendered my heart to the Lord after spending most of high school life on drugs and alcohol, and in very complicated relationships.
I came into the church as one big mess. I needed lots of washing, lots of scrubbing and someone to pick out the stuff that had hardened over my heart and life.
It has taken years and years of God's hand, and His people working on me, wiping away layers of grout, brushing out the corners of my heart, and scraping out the little pieces left behind in the nooks and crannies of my life, in order for me to show the true beauty that God intended to display.
As I look back at that season, when I was first saved, I can only imagine what my pastors must have thought, probably something like, "She's a real Piece of Work". (I can joke about that now, because I know I really was!)
God in His Loving Kindness, showed me such Grace & Mercy! He put it on my associate pastors' hearts to take me into their home, to love on me, to show His ways and to work on me, so I could become the woman I am today. I am so thankful for God's hand on my life, how can I resist such Lavish Love?!
We are all a "Piece of Work", like those beautiful tiles, made in the image of God, but the junk that happens to us, tends to cover and harden over the beauty that God has designed. Don't resist the Father's cleaning, brushing and picking.
Everything the Father makes is good. We are His Workmanship, and He simply wants to let the world see His Amazing Piece of Work!
Mary Chatt was born in Fredericksburg, Va. where she was raised in the Catholic religion. After drifting from the church, the world became more and more enticing and she began to attend the party scene. The party lifestyle led not only to alcohol abuse, but also to daily use of other various drugs. At age 17, after much family trauma and a struggle to graduate high school, Mary moved out and ended up in Baltimore, MD. She had heard witnesses testifying about God but the biggest turning point was when a friend who had emerged out of alcoholism and being a call-girl, began to tell her about a place where God was real, and the people were true worshippers. She talked about the Holy Spirit and how you could feel His presence, and that the power of God was there. Mary went to church with her the next day, and at age 18, she received salvation, baptism and was filled with the Holy Spirit all in one day, at the Rock Church of Baltimore. She has been serving Jesus Christ ever since, and is now an ordained minister at the Rock Church of Tarboro, NC. She preaches regularly in the church and walks in the call of deliverance ministry.
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