“But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.”
I’ve always loved the image of God molding me that pops into my head, when I read this verse.
I picture God kneading a lump of clay and then molding, molding and more molding.
I have never pictured what I may look like as a final piece, probably because I’m here still living and breathing. God isn’t finished with me yet. He still has so much work to do to mold us into who He has planned.
Have you ever seen pottery being made?
Usually, if your watching a demonstration at a history place perhaps, you leave during the same part of the process you came in on, unless you are so enthralled you decide to stay for more. Each part of the process doesn’t happen right away.
There are many different steps that need to be taken for a piece of clay to become a beautiful pot. The complete process doesn’t just happen in a matter of minutes. The potter has to be patient. If they rush, the piece wouldn’t be as refined as if they had taken more time.
Have you thought lately, “God, I’m ready to be done with this molding process, why can’t You just finish up so I know where to go or what to do.”?
Our molding process takes longer than any potter’s process in making a pot. God’s molding each of us is a lifelong process. No matter how badly we may want that process to be over, it will never be over as long as we’re still living and breathing.
Patience has never been my strong suit. I detest waiting.
Have you seen the adorable videos going around lately of parents putting a bowl of candy in front of their child and leaving the room only to come back and see if their child had been patient and not touched the candy? I honestly don’t know if I would have passed the test if my parents had tried that when I was younger.
It can be even harder to be patient when something we really want is right in front of us.
No matter how long the moldng process may seem, it will be worth it. I don’t know from experience, but I do know it’s worth it because of who is molding me.
No matter how badly I may wish the molding process to be over, I just need to be more patient, rest in God and let Him do His molding.
We shouldn’t be sitting idly by, but work the wait and move when He calls us to move.
The Creator of the universe chose to mold each of us. That is something to be grateful for.
While the molding may seem like a never-ending process, God knows what He is doing.
We just have to trust Him.
“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, [and] I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”
“Know ye that the LORD he [is] God: [it is] he [that] hath made us, and not we ourselves; [we are] his people, and the sheep of his pasture.”
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”