Ceramics was one of my high school electives. It was only for a semester and I wasn’t very good at it. I did give it my best try and actually enjoyed making ceramics. The pottery wheel was exciting and very difficult. If you didn’t get your clay exactly at the center of the wheel the pottery was not going to work. Then there was the enormous challenge of shaping the clay. The entire process had to be started over if any part went wrong.
God is The Potter. He made each of us. Shaping us with His mighty hands. Vessels to be used for His glory.
In the ancient world pottery was an important part of almost every aspect of life. There were storage jars, oil lamps, and cooking pots all made from clay. The earliest pottery was formed by hand.
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, NIV
When the clay goes bad or something goes wrong in the process, the potter crushes it down and starts again. The potter never throws the clay out.
God will never throw us away. We are the clay in His powerful hands. We must trust what He is doing.
Trust God when everything is falling apart.
Trust God when you are being crushed.
Trust God when the cracks are getting bigger.
Trust God when He reshapes you into something beautiful.
The Potter does not want to destroy us, though we may think that at times. Especially when we are being crushed. God loves us beyond anything we can humanly comprehend. He is our Maker and knows what is best for each and every one of us.
Clay pots look strong, but we can easily break and chip. Many factors contribute to our cracks. What are we filling ourselves with? What are we thinking on? What are our priorities? Clay pots are designed to be containers.
We are not meant to be empty vessels. We are designed with eternity in mind by The Potter. If we allow God to mold us, and shape us, and use us for His glory than we are fulfilling our purpose. Yes, sometimes we will be crushed back down into a lump. Sometimes, we do it to ourselves and the cracks appear and ultimately we crumble.
God never throws the clay away.
No matter how many cracks, and broken pieces are in your life, He can make beauty out of your brokenness. Trust God.
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