If I imagine a container of Play-doh being dumped onto a table by a small child as what my life looks like in the eyes of God,
I can't help but smiling.
No wonder God loves children so much.
They teach without even realizing it!
Think about what a child does with Play-doh. He rolls it, pounds it, cuts it, shapes it, and then starts the process all over again.
It takes a long time for them to be satisfied with their final product, and even when they are, it seems like they want to "try something new" with their mound of clay.
Now, I think God is a little more intentional as He works with us.
I think He's a lot more like a potter sitting at his potter's wheel.
Carefully shaping us into exactly what He longs for us to be,
God's Hands are always working, always molding us.
This morning as I read the next day's study in Experiencing God,
I read these words from Jeremiah:
This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord:"Go down to the potter's house, and there I will give you my message."
So I went down to the potter's house, and I saw him working at the wheel.
But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands;
so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.
Then the word of the Lord came to me. He said, "Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?" declares the Lord.
"Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel."
I love that God saw an imperfect pot and wanted to reshape it into something He could use.
Do you ever feel imperfect?
I sure do.
I love that God looks down and sees us with all of our flaws and still longs to use us.
I love that He sees potential where we see failure or shortcomings.
I love that He sees what we can be instead of what we are.
Today, as you step out into another day, be fully aware of two things:
The devil wants you to focus on where you come up short, but God wants you to focus on how those very weaknesses or flaws can be transformed into something He can use to bring others closer to Him.
When we allow ourselves to just be "clay in the potter's hands," we are saying,
"Not my will by yours."
When we allow God to mold us into what He wants us to be it's as if we are offering our lives as living sacrifices.
Isn't that what Jesus did for us on the cross?
I love how Bible is a beautiful story of God's work from the beginning of time until now.
I love that each of us represents one piece of pottery in a big, beautiful collection.
Let's allow God to mold us today and tomorrow and the next day into exactly what He wants us to be.
From one piece of clay to another, I love you!