The Finished Product

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Much like many things, you and I are not a finished product yet, and we won’t be this side of glory.

If you’ve ever observed a product on a conveyor belt, you understand what starts out at the beginning of that conveyor belt undergoes multiple changes before it completes its journey and becomes the finished product it was meant to be at the end.

What starts out at the beginning of the process is still there. It’s just improved. Changed. Mo’ better.

One of my favorite things to watch move down a conveyor belt was Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Oh, yeah! That’s what I’m talking about. But alas … being gluten-intolerant put an end to those happy days. I still grieve the loss. Seriously.

And if Doc is reading this … I know. As you like to remind me every time I’m in your office, sugar is bad for me and addictive.

But I still enjoy it and would eat those doughnuts again if they were gluten-free. Especially if they were “Hot to Go.”

When we lived in Orlando, Florida there was a Krispy Kreme bakery in our path between the theater where we watched plays and listened to concerts, and our home.

You better believe if the red neon “Hot to Go” sign was lit, our car pulled into that parking lot. We’d go inside and drool as those doughnuts moved down the conveyor belt toward the hot sugary glaze they’d be dropped into before becoming the finished product we couldn’t wait to devour.

As soon as we got our hands on those hot doughnuts, we’d grab one or two before they had a chance to cool. Oh my. Bliss.

So let’s turn our attention from Krispy Kreme doughnuts to us.

We’re like a product, in this case doughnuts, on a conveyor belt. What we start out as in the beginning of our journey is not the finished product we end up as at the end.

Through the power of Christ in us we are changed; conveyed, as we move down that grand conveyor belt of life into the product God had in mind the moment he knit us together in our mother’s womb. Woven and spun into the creation he designed us to be.

Any other Krispy Kreme fans out there?

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He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.  (NKJV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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