For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10
In the Old Testament, Jeremiah, a prophet, received instructions from God telling him to go down to a potter’s house and observe him working on the pottery wheel. The piece the potter was working on was flawed in some way, so the potter decided to destroy it, and he started to re-mold the clay. The Lord uses Jeremiah’s observation as a metaphor for Israel - stating that He could do just as the potter did with the flawed pot. He could rid a nation of its evil by destroying it, and He would build up another. The Lord says in Jeremiah 18:6 that “as clay in the potter’s hands so you are in mine.”
I honestly love this imagery as God our Creator; the author and finisher of our faith. If we go back to the creation story, God made Adam out the ground, out of dust. Just as a potter uses elements of the earth, God fashioned us from dust and molded us together. Throughout our lives, He shapes us, molds us, and transforms us into something beautiful -- into His craftsmanship! There’s so much intimacy in this depiction. God’s hands physically on us, molding each detail of our existence into place. The potter knows exactly the amount of pressure to have as he’s sculpting the piece. He knows the exact speed the wheel needs to spin in relation to his vision of the shape and depth of the pot.
I realize that there are times I must undergo the process of being broken down into raw form again -- humbly remolded by His hands in order to fully live by His design of me, not my own ideal. I find myself trying to mold and shape pieces of who I am into the way I believe they should be. I now realize that I was trying to do God's job as the Potter. I must let go of that control, fear, and distrust, and let God do His job! The weight of His pressure is for a purpose, and in His hands we are safe. There are no better hands to be in than Our Creator’s.
In what areas of your heart, mind, or character need more of God’s pressure and sculpting? Have you been getting in the way or have you allowed Him to beautifully reconstruct who you are?
(Excerpts from my book in the chapter entitled "Breaking the Mold")