“But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.” – Isaiah 64:8
A few months ago, I had the opportunity to take a class at the Iowa Ceramics Center. It was my first time ever using a pottery wheel, and I had no idea what to expect. I figured I would destroy a few pieces (that happened) and create a few beautiful pieces of art (let’s just say beauty is in the eye of the beholder).
What surprised me the most, though, was the way it felt in my hands. In order to be successful, I needed to be firm with the clay. The instructor said to “show the clay who’s the boss.” If I didn’t keep a firm grip, it wouldn’t be able to take shape, and the clay might end up off-centered and out of control.
Yet, at the same time, I had to be extremely gentle with the clay. If I was too firm, my work would completely collapse, and I would have to start all over again.
As I went through the process, I started thinking about God as the potter and me as the clay. It made me realize how God is so perfectly firm and perfectly gentle when He works with me and shapes me. God is always in control in every situation, and it brings me comfort to know that He knows exactly what He’s doing. He knows how to push me and discipline me just far enough to grow me, while consistently showing me loving grace and mercy.
I’m thankful we have a God who loves us so much that He takes the time to masterfully create us. His artistry is on display as we see vibrant diversity in the body of Christ. I encourage you to take time today to thank God for making you into a wonderfully unique creation, for always being in control, and for keeping you secure in His loving hands.