Clay

I’ve become intrigued with clay lately
Well maybe not with clay per say
I haven’t gone as far as to using a shovel to dig up the ground around me to find clay
But I’ve definitely become intrigued with the thought of clay

If you think about it, clay is a pretty cool thing
If something goes wrong as an artist begins to mold clay into a bowl
They can just throw the clay back together and start over
The clay doesn’t go to waste and have to be thrown away because a mistake is made
The artist simply takes what they started with and begins again
Until the final result is something beautiful and they are well pleased
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Hello, welcome to my life
Where time and time again, day after day
God has to take me off of the molding wheel and throw me back down
He has to start completely over and shape my heart to look like his heart

Imagine how disappointed an artist must feel when their work of art turns out to be a mess
They throw the clay down to redo everything they spent so much time on
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Multiply that feeling times a bazillion and I’m sure that’s how God feels
It can’t be an easy job for him
I’m sure some days he feels like he is starting back at ground zero
Especially on those days where he has to take it back down to the basics for me

If I stop thinking about it right there I walk away discouraged
But instead I remind myself of just why the thought of clay intrigued me to begin with

“And yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay and you are our potter. And we are the work of your hand.”- Isaiah 64:8

God is my potter
He is the one who sits at the wheel
He is the one molding me
He is the one shaping me
And when it’s time to start over on things he is the one to do it
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On those days when I really mess things up
He is the one to turn it into beauty
He is the one who doesn’t let me go to waste
But instead puts me back on the wheel and continues molding me

“Then I went down to the potter’s house and there he was making something at the wheel. But the jar he was making did not turn out as he has hoped, so he crushed it into a lump of clay again and started over. Then the Lord gave me this message: ‘Can I not do to you as this potter has done to his clay? As the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand.”- Jeremiah 18:3-6

Praise God that when I mess up he doesn’t quit on me
He just continues holding me in his hand
Molding and shaping
Working out all the kinks
Making a beautiful creation
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Are you letting him mold you into a beautiful creation? 

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