I was talking with a friend today about the art of making pottery, we talked about how the artist must mold and shape the piece very carefully and meticulously, sometimes, breaking it down and rebuilding it until he forms it just the way he wants, for the purpose he is using it for.
Don’t we often feel like that, that God is bending, stretching, molding, and shaping us, and while sometimes painful and a bit out of our comfort zone, we are ok with it, and often times happy when it comes, because we see it with our spiritual eyes, and we know that our creator, is shaping us into what he wants us to be.
But there is still yet another stage we go through, when the maker is finished shaping and molding the piece, he then has to put it in the fire, this is where the actions happens so that what was formed, can become strong enough to be used for what the maker made it for. So the maker, takes what he formed, puts it in the fire…and walks away, because he knows, if he is attentive, the fire won’t harm the piece, but will only serve to make it stronger. I also hear that with pottery, when the maker puts a piece into the fire and walks away, he always keeps a listening ear out, and when the piece is ready to come out, it makes a certain sound, a pitch if you will, where the maker knows, this piece, is ready.
Sometimes in life you feel like you are being bent and molded by the maker, sometimes you may feel like you are in the fire, and the maker has walked away, but know that He is waiting, and listening, so that finally, when our soul begins to make the certain sound that the Maker is looking for, we will be ready, and He will come to us, get us out, and get us ready for what He designed us to do.
“But now, O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You our potter; and all we are the work of Your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8)