the problem with being the clay is – you have to trust the potter . . . and good potters are hard to come by
(this is today’s confession – I have a problem with being the clay)
“Yet, O Lord, You are our Father. We are (I am) the clay, You are the potter; we are all the work of Your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8)
ok, so I have a good potter – but can I really trust Him?
” ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ ” (Jeremiah 29:11)
“for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.” (Philippians 2:13)
ok, so He is working in me and on me, forming me into what He intended me to be all along. The Potter is the One with the vision, not the clay. It is His vision that matters – not mine
because my Potter is the One with the unlimited, unobstructed, eternal perspective. My perspective is limited, often obstructed and decidedly short sighted as I can’t see very far into the future at all (like not even to the end of this day)
” ‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,’ declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)
I have to confess though, (yes, another confession) being kneaded and shaped and molded on His potter’s wheel is a painful process and I don’t even get to know the outcome. Only the Potter knows that. Only the Potter knows what He has in mind for me.
I have to trust Him. I have to trust that His purpose for me is good. I have to trust Him as He uses every tool at His disposal while He works on me.
I have to trust Him to complete His work.
“being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you (me) will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6)
I guess when your Potter is the Creator of the entire universe you can know that you are in good hands.
So I should just relax and let the Potter work His good and pleasing and perfect will in me. after all,
my Potter is a miracle worker – He can turn an ordinary lump of clay into something both beautiful and useful – form and function, that’s my Potter!
no matter what happens, He will accomplish His purpose for me and in me and even in spite of me. I didn’t give Him much to work with, but as I told you, my Potter is a miracle worker. Creating something out of nothing is His specialty. Not even COVID-19 can stop what He has purposed to do since before time began.
“But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of His heart through all generations.” (Psalm 33:11)
so I will submit to the hands of the Potter as He works on me, trusting Him for a good outcome.
“For we are God’s workmanship, (pottery) created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10)
sincerely, Grace Day