What I read today;
Hebrews 13; John 18; Jeremiah 18; Psalm 52; 2 Samuel 4; Exodus 37
Each year of Junior High School, we would spend one semester in art class. Every year we would have a pottery project. For a person like me, who has absolutely no artistic talent, pottery class is not much fun. I could make a clay pot that would look so bad that the ancient Aztecs would have thrown it out. I have no skill in this department whatsoever.
One year I made an L shaped piece. I say I shaped with as much sarcasm as I can muster. After making it, the art teacher fired it in the kiln. Then I carefully applied the glaze and put it into the oven for firing.
My mother, bless her heart, actually kept this ridiculous looking object and kept it on a shelf for years. I don’t think she still has it, God I hope she’s thrown it out by now.
Jeremiah 18 talks about the Potter and the Clay. God talks about how he can mold our lives into what he wants them to be if we will just let him. However, like my junior high pottery project, we have this idea in our minds that we know better than God. We believe that we are the masters of our destiny and that somehow we are smarter than God and able to make ourselves into whatever image we want.
The result is almost always the same. We end up looking at this dilapidated clay pot that can’t even stand up straight.
God is the master craftsman. In his hands, he can take our lives and turn them into beautiful dishes that can be used to serve a king. Our job is to let God do that in our lives. God will do great things with us. If only we will let him!