This phrase leaped out at me: No believer is so broken that the Master Potter can’t put you back together (p. 221).
I had been talking to my wife just the day before about the long, convoluted process of liberation that I have been through – how we may be released at one point in time from the prison, but that doesn’t mean that all the chains come off right away.
Liberation from sin, addiction, brokenness, frailty, and pride is a lifelong process. It’s not some one-and-done – “thanks for the prescription, Doc, now I’m all set for the next six months!” This Physician is in it for the long haul. And sometimes the physical afflictions (which He could heal in an instant, if He so choose) are the very means used to bring healing to the deeper, spiritual afflictions.
It’s easy to look back and question why it has taken so long. I sometimes shake my head in shame and perplexity at the chains that did not drop off immediately, at the time that ticked by while I stumbled around, made little apparent progress, and saw through distorted and darkened lenses.
But the Physician was there all along. And He’s still here, in the house. For the long haul.