Recently, my lesson of the Dresden lady ( which I am re-posting, below) came to my mind, as I struggled with a poor attitude after being slighted...imposed upon... mistreated a bit. I was tempted to wallow in the "poor me's" for a while.
Then it occurred to me, "I wonder if a "sacrifice of praise" unto the Lord might apply here?"
So I chose to praise God...focus on Him...and you know what? My blahs were transformed...into joy. And my poor attitude changed...to forbearance and love.
Allowing God to give a heart of Dresden rather than rough, chipped pottery is a goal worth seeking!
The Treasure of the Dresden Lady
This delicate, lace porcelain dancing lady made in Dresden, Germany before World War II, is one of my treasures. This is how she came to be mine.
After Hurricane Katrina, I actively served in our church's Red Cross Shelter. The hours were long and at times the tension level was high. One particular morning one of the volunteers blew off at me, rudely railing unfair accusations my way. Stunned, I nevertheless managed to respond, thanks to the grace of God, with gentleness. Doing my best to quietly and kindly calm her without being defensive, I gave some needed instructions and tried to part as friendly as possible. Inside I was shaken.
Unknown to me there was a group of ladies nearby who saw and heard the incident. One of them walked up to me, hugged my neck and whispered in my ear, "You are Dresden, dear. Pure Dresden. Do you know what that is?"
I answered her, "Isn't it a fine china?"
"Yes honey, and that is what you are, a fine piece of Dresden china," she whispered again as she moved on. I do not recall seeing her again.
That lady gave me a wonderful gift that day, the gift of praise. I clung to her words, filing them away in my memory to pull out now and again for encouragement. As I have not always responded to situations with the meekness I should, this was a challenge for me to become more Dresden-like.
I shared my heart's Dresden lesson with my husband. That Christmas one of his gifts to me was this exquisite Dresden figurine, with the note "You are Dresden, pure Dresden!" You can understand how this little Dresden lady represents to me a lesson...and a love...thus making her such a valuable treasure to me.