Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Oooh, an analogy

I've always loved the picture of a potter sitting at his wheel and molding a lump of clay into something beautiful. I realize that this analogy is overdone, but it's amazing nonetheless. A potter can take the clay and change its shape over and over, so long as the clay stays wet. Once it hardens, it can't be changed. It will just be left to dry out and crack if it is not eventually put in the kiln. Sure, you could paint it and try to cover up what's left of it, but underneath it's just an ugly piece of pottery.

What about us?

Following Christ isn't easy; He never said it would be. We all mess up, we all make mistakes, and we can do one of two things: We can ask God to change our hearts and bring back our desire to worship Him. We can still be reshaped, remolded - we just have to let Him work. Or go the other way and harden our hearts. Let's hope it's the former.

God is the ultimate Potter. He can change us, reshape us, mold us, make us stronger, and so much more if we let Him. If we keep trusting in Him, living out His Word, putting Him first, He can make us beautiful pieces of art.

"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

peace, love, and rockets.

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