Clay in the Potter’s Hands

“A good thing is never made in a hurry,” said Great Woman to impatient Corn Tassel in Lois Lenski’s Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison. A slower, more loving process leads to a more beautiful, valuable, and sturdy pot.

I identify with Corn Tassel’s impatience of the process. I can be a petulant child when it comes to God’s forming and molding me more to His liking. I have such an independent, haughty, and stubborn spirit. I sometimes am convinced God does not know what’s best for me. I think I can do it better.  

I complain against the way my Heavenly Potter has created me as clay in His hands. I think I’m not good enough or gifted enough. I think I am ugly when actually He has created me as a Divine masterpiece, unique and special. Then as He pounds me down to soften me enough to shape to His will, I fret that He is taking too long. When He begins to shape me, I kick and scream, “No! No! No! Not that way. That curve needs to be straightened. That section doesn’t need to be shaved off. It hurts too much!” Then in the firing process – “No! No! No! This fire is heated too hot. I can’t bear this. I surely will burst with the pain. I will never come out of this trial more beautiful than before.” And on and on…

I continually kick against the Potter’s way and don’t trust that He knows perfectly what He is doing and He knows best how to shape me into a vessel that will hold and pour out His glory. My impatience paces back and forth as I fume about the long process, not realizing a good thing is never made in a hurry.

There are so many processes in life that never benefit us by trying to hurry them along. We want immediate fixes and visual evidences of a positive result. We want God to instantly answer our prayers and grant us our desires, but we don’t realize that refusal or waiting does us more good than immediate affirmation. Many of the things we ask for, either for ourselves or others, arent’ even good for us or them. We would be much better off if we didn’t fight against the process God uses to mold us or our loved ones. Hardening ourselves against the loving Potter’s hands is detrimental to our well-being. Allowing ourselves to be pliable in His all-knowing, skillful hands and trusting His design and process to make us more like Him will in the end make us more beautiful, valuable, and usable vessels of His glory.

“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?’”  Isaiah 29:16

“Thank You, O Precious Potter, for counting us worth creating and molding, for caring for us so lovingly and freely with Your full attention on each and every one of us. Make us willing in Your hands and help us to trust You with the process of bringing us closer to You. Sometimes we can hurt so much, but help us to trust that any pain allowed in our lives serves to teach us to be more like You, so loving and forgiving and healing towards anyone who hurts. So many are wounded and weary, Lord, but all power belongs to You. Remember each wounded spirit. Touch each of us and heal us. Fill us with Your Spirit so that all will see that You are living in us! Make us pliable in Your all-knowing, Almighty hands and form us into vessels of Your grace and glory. Thank You, Jesus, for sacrificing Your life for us! Thank You for Your all-sufficient grace and complete forgiveness and unconditional love!”

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