Happy Monday. “We are the clay, and thou our potter.” Isaiah 64:8
I enjoyed last week as we observed the birthday of our “first born.” Becky was born to Dr. Hyles and me in Marshall, Texas and had the privilege of being a PK (preacher’s kid) in four pastorates.
She survived! And in a fine way.
The recipe has several ingredients, some of which I don’t really like. I’ve learned, however, that you don’t change the recipe if a wonderful, decadent cake is what you want.
Baking is a science (I learned the hard way) and the finest ingredients are to be used, following directions correctly.
Also, the correct temperature and time are important for the end result to be what you have planned.
Perhaps you can see where I’m headed.
We are approaching the end of another year (where did it go?). As I reflect back not only on 2013, but life itself, I can see a work still being done in me.
Many times in scripture we are referred to as clay and God the Potter, who is molding us according to a predetermined plan. He is always working.
According to Jeremiah 29:11 His finished project is good!
For an ugly piece of clay to become a beautiful, useful vessel, there are times each one wants to shout, “Stop, it hurts!” And it seems to get hotter.
However, our Potter has a definite plan. At times, when the pottery has become marred, He makes it over again until it pleases Him. Jeremiah 18: 3,4
In His plan, all the time needed is taken to bring each to completion–that of seeing Himself reflected in each one.
He who began a good work will perform it. Philippians 1:6
So, I say, “Pardon my mess! I’m a work in progress.”