God's hands reshape human imperfections
I own two pieces of pottery. They are original artworks, though I doubt they will ever be considered valuable. They were made by my children while in grade school. Each piece is the product of avid imagination coupled with limited skill, resultin...
I own two pieces of pottery.
They are original artworks, though I doubt they will ever be considered valuable.
They were made by my children while in grade school.
Each piece is the product of avid imagination coupled with limited skill, resulting in distorted yet interesting objects.
I keep them, because they were gifts from my children, and because they remind me of a deeper human truth.
The pottery illustrates human life. Every one of us is a product of great imagination yet limited talent.
Many have molded us over time.
Parents, siblings, friends, teachers, even we ourselves have influenced what we have become. However, both the imagination and the skill levels have fallen short, leaving us a little misshapen and in need of repair.
The good news is God repairs distorted pottery.
In Jeremiah 19, He instructs the prophet to observe a local potter at work. As he watched the potter apply his skill to a lump of clay, it took shape, but not to the potter's liking. So the potter reduced the clay to a shapeless lump and restarted the process; this time with success.
As Jeremiah watched, God asked him, "Can I not do the same...?"
It is a great question for all of us misshapen pieces of human pottery. Can God take what our limitations created and make it new? Can he exercise His perfect skill and imagination in us, remolding us into the image he initially had in mind? It is not a question of His ability, but of our willingness.
What can God change about you today?