DRILLBITI listened to the sound of the diamond drill bit as it edged its way through the porcelain saucer. The drill bit had a mind of its own and would quickly jump out of position if the right amount of pressure wasn’t applied at just the perfect angle. To make it even more complicated, this particular bit type required a constant stream of water to keep it from overheating as I drilled.

It was time-consuming to drill each hole needed to create the teacup and saucer lamp base I hoped to create from old china purchased at a flea market. The local glass company quoted a cost of ten dollars for each drilled hole. “Drilling into porcelain china is risky,” said the owner, “it takes two people ten minutes and we can’t guarantee against breakage.”

There were seven china pieces that needed holes for the lamp cord; $70 was more than I wanted to spend on a $4 flea market find. “I can do this myself!” But as I listened to the drill bit grind into the glazed porcelain, I wondered if I had possibly underestimated the skill level of this project. Maybe I needed the guidance and help of someone who had done this before.

I patiently continued to give the drill bit a water bath as it bored its way through the center of the saucer. Before long, the saucer spun around like a carousal gone mad and a circular opening was revealed. When I threaded the electrical cord through the hole, it was a perfect fit.

Jesus is the diamond drill bit in our life and we are the porcelain china into which he makes an opening to house the electrical cord (His Word) to light our darkness. He is skilled in the amount of pressure to apply to prevent breakage and He knows when it’s time to refresh our souls with cool water.

God’s workmanship is slow and steady as He re-purposes us for something greater. Whether you are a fine piece of porcelain china or a flea market find, the Master longs to water us with His Word and make us into something new.

Are you willing to let God pick up His diamond drill bit and make an opening in your heart? God stands ready to thread a cord of light into that opening and keep you from walking in a path of darkness.


“Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.”
Psalms 119:105

“Then spoke Jesus again to them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”
John 8:11

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