Modeling clay. We have tons of this stuff. I bought it for an event at church and guess what? I got all the leftovers. When our nieces come over, they love to get out the modeling clay. Our dining room table turns into a showcase of masterpiece after masterpiece. You name it, they create it. And I love to watch them work. They’re so proud of their works of art. They bend and push and shape and mold until their creations are beautiful, flawless, and fit for presenting to their audience.
So it is with the potter.
The potter takes a lump of clay, kneads it in his hands until it becomes soft and supple.
He places it on his potter’s wheel and begins to shape it—bending, squeezing, and sculpting to his liking. He is the architect of the object, the creator of the craft. He works tirelessly until it’s perfect in his sight. If at any point it is marred or malformed, he takes the same lump of clay and begins the process again. Kneading…bending…squeezing…sculpting.
“But now, LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are our potter. We are the work of your hands” (Isaiah 64:8).
Consider that God is your potter, and you are His clay. You are the vessel He is creating. He can form you into whatever beautiful vessel He chooses—bending, squeezing, and sculpting along the way. Sometimes His hands are gentle and delicate, softly smoothing the rough edges of our personality. Sometimes, however, our rigidity causes Him to use more force and vigor while He shapes us. The finished product (you), in God’s eyes, is beautiful, flawless, and fit for serving His grand purposes.
Imagine the thought…
You…created and crafted by the God of the Universe.
You…beautiful, flawless, and fit for serving His grand purposes.
He is our Father…
He is our potter…
Are we willing to be clay in His hands?