God can be crushing somebody on the inside and there be no visible evidence. – Lee Thomas

I like the way this is worded. God does “crush” us, but did you know that is an amazing thing? Did you know henna (as in the stuff from henna tattoos) is a plant from the bible? It has a fragrant flower and its leaves are used for making dye. However, just touching the leaves won’t stain the skin. The leaves are useless until they are crushed to produce the stain. Ironically, the stain is deep red-brown. Reminds me of our Savior’s blood. 

Isaiah 53:5 (NIV) But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

We should expect no less “crushing” by the Father’s hand, if we are to look like Jesus.

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