Have you ever taken a pottery class? I never was too good at getting the shape to rise into a jar, a vessel. It would collapse and I'd have to start all over again. The process was a little hard, but I kept trying because I enjoyed the process, although a bit messy. It can be intimidating to look at the beautiful jars that others had made, painted and sitting on the shelf for all to admire.
God sees us as those beautiful jars, but how did they get that way? Through twisting, turning, maybe a collapse or two before being resurrected and shaped and molded, edges smoothed perfectly. Then the owner paints them, picks out pretty colors to accentuate the jar's natural beauty. Then a glaze is painted over the paint. Next up is being placed in a kiln under an intensely hot fire that will turn the colors bright and the glaze over them smooth to the touch. After the fire, they are taken out and sit for a while before being united with its owner once more.
Can you see all the metaphors in the paragraph above?
"But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair, persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you." (2 Corinthians 4:7-12 NIV)
So you see, the stretching that is uncomfortable, the shaking that gets tiring, the testing, the re-testing, etc. is all turning us into being more like Christ and less of our flesh which is dying in the process of becoming more like Christ. We need to be moldable and teachable spirits to be willing to be changed no matter how tough it feels for we are all the better for it. To be more like Christ is to be less like the world. This is only a temporary home for us.
Yes, God change me when I know that will mean less and less pride, selfishness, envy, jealousy, etc. and more and more love, things that are noble, truthful, kindness, humility and much more.