[CF Devotionals] 2017-09-20 - Molded

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About a week ago I began preparation to make a clay candy jar for a friend’s birthday. It’s such a joy for me taking part in the creative process. In this case it will be red clay that dries in about a day and then can be sanded and decorated as desired. When I took ceramics in college, we used clays (earthenware and stoneware mostly) that fashioned on the potter’s wheel, and upon drying, we could decorate them with glaze and fire them in a kiln. Since I am not using a wheel and it takes more time with hand building techniques, I am inclined to be more mindful of thinking through my work process to avoid parts drying before completion. So I’ve been methodical in how I want to form the piece, how I want it to be decorated, and with using a mold rather than throwing it on the wheel, I have had to consider keeping the clay from sticking to that surface as it dries. It’s been interesting doing ceramics again, and it gives me time to consider how I have been molded by God in the process.

God put a lot of time and care into fashioning his children. It’s pretty clear to me from the complexities of the human body as well as natural wonders, that God had something very special in mind with creation. As I think back, I can remember the satisfaction of starting with a lump of clay and some water, and ending up with a formed bowl, cup, vase, or plate, or even a decorative piece when finished. While these can be creations of functionality and beauty, they cannot possess the characteristics which are passed on to us by our own potter. We are breathing, thinking, caring beings with souls, and each with our own particular purpose in mind upon formation. I’m so very grateful my father formed me as part of his beautiful design.

“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” (Genesis 2:7)

“Behold, I am according to thy wish in God's stead: I also am formed out of the clay.” (Job 33:6)

“The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land.” (Psalm 95:5)

“But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.” (Isaiah 64:8)

“When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,” (John 9:6)

“The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.” (Jeremiah 18:1-6)

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All verses are from the King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted.