Eyre writes of a trip she took to a pottery factory. Someone noticed how beautiful the pots were before they went into the kilns for firing and asked why the pots needed to be fired.
The pottery tour guide said "If we didn't fire them, they would fall apart very quickly. The least bump, not to mention time itself, would simply crumble them away. The firing makes the pots strong and durable and so much more beautiful, inside and out."
What a great analogy for the Christian walk! If God didn't fire us (like we are clay pots, not unnecessary employees), we will fall apart as a result of little bumps and time. But for us to be strong and durable, God has to put us through some trials and turmoil.
This post was inspired by the book "Joyful Mother of Children" by Linda Eyre.