2014-08-12 - Lump of Dirt
Something reminded me of being in my college Level One Ceramics Class. There was something about taking a lump of clay, and learning different techniques to create a specific piece. It could include anything from a plate thrown on a potter's wheel, to a pinch pot scored together by hand with some tools, clay and water. I had often wanted to take the intermediate and advanced classes, but it didn't work out at the time. I may still do it. The intriguing process all starts with essentially a lump of dirt.
How much more important are we, to the one who created us, too, from essentially a lump of dirt? A piece of pottery from those beginnings is cool - but a human being from it - priceless. However, the process reminds me, too, of how we are shaped and molded as described in God's word. The movie version from "Ghost" might be romantic, but the real-life Ceramics Class is more accurate. If the combination of water and clay, along with technique, isn't just right - then it won't work well, and may even make a mess, requiring us to start over. God gets it right the first time, and does intricate things with such ease that it's impossible for me to think of anything other than the supernatural. To think that he took that power - and used it to create me - is overwhelming. And He will use the same power, to bring me back to him at the appointed time.
"Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.' (Isaiah 64:8)
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.