I may be dating myself here, but have you ever heard the old saying “You can’t make a silk purse out of a sows ear”? The meaning is something like Matthew 9:17 where it says you can’t put new wine into an old wineskin, but into a new wineskin.
A sow (or pig’s) ear is all covered with course bristly rough hair. Certainly not quality material for a soft silky purse.
Now silk is made by the silkworm moth spinning a cocoon with tiny soft silky thread. A wonderful miracle. Looking at the moth itself though, it is hard to believe such beauty can come from such an ugly looking creation. It’s a white creamy colour with rough bristly hairs (just like the sows) protruding from its body.
You may not believe me, but I know someone who can make a silk purse out of a sows ear, thus defying all the laws of man and nature. How do I know this, because I used to be like a sow’s ear before Jesus took hold of this rough prickly vessel.
Just like this ugly moth is able to weave such beauty, over the years as I allowed Him, Jesus took hold of me and slowly changed me into a silk purse. The prickles have worn right down to a smooth surface as He refined me into His image of what He created me to be.
Now some of you may be thinking … “What an ego she has!” But you don’t know what I was like in the past, or how much refining was needed to bring me to this point of silkiness. It isn’t my ego stating this but awe! I want to shout this miracle, from the rooftops.
Only God knows what I was like in the past and what He has had to do to refine me into the person I have become today. At the time, this process was quite painful as He burned the bristles away.
Refining can only be done by the Refiner through the Refiners fire. Let me encourage you, even though it may be painful at times, the end certainly will justify the means.