2005-03-02 - Am I the Potter?
Isaiah 64:8 (NIV) Yet, O LORD , you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.
This past weekend, I was able to watch a potter work. He gave a brief description of the process of taking a lump of clay and turning it into a useful item. The image of the words of Isaiah resonated inside me, as I intently watched the potter. The clay is first centered on the board, then the board spins very fast, as the clay is shaped into a rough form. As the process near the end, the wheel slows ever so slowly.
I thought of my own journey with God. When I first really understood what being a Christ-follower is all about, I felt life spinning fast. Like a sponge, I wanted to soak up everything I could about God, His Word and His Son. After 20 or so years, the pace of growth has slowed. As I watched the potter nearing the end of his art, I thought, "can't you speed that thing up!?"
Are you like me? Do you ask God to hurry up? Get on with finishing me, God! Help me to be what you want me to be, and help me fast! Then I wonder, am I truly asking God to help me be what He wants me to be?
Look at the verse below:
Isaiah 29:16 (NIV) You turn things upside down, as if the potter were thought to be like the clay! Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, "He did not make me"? Can the pot say of the potter, "He knows nothing"?
I ponder if I am really saying, "God hurry up and make me who I want to be!" See the difference? Make me who I think I should be. We are then assuming the role of the Potter - and not the clay. Can we, the clay, say to the Potter, God, "You know nothing about me, make me like this, not that?" When will I let God be God? When will I just be the clay, and let His loving hands shape me and form me, mold me and hold me? Stubborn, aren't we?
Lord, thank you for being the Potter! Help us to accept the fact that we are the clay, and you are the Master Designer, the Master Potter - and that You are above all. Help us to accept Your loving plan for our lives. In Christ's name, Amen.
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