“Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand…” Jeremiah 18:6
Every first Friday in our town, we have our downtown area opened up where you can go enjoy live music, walk into shops, eat at nice restaurants, and run into lots of friends.
What I really like about our First Friday festivities is that they allow locals to come and show off their skills on the sidewalks in front of the shops. They allow local musicians to come and play all sorts of instruments, belly dancers to come dance (yes, belly dancers:), face painters, balloon artists, etc. You name it and they’ve probably been at First Friday.
One of my boy’s favorite things to watch is the potter. He sits there churning his wheel, gathering clay in his hands, splashing just a little water ever so often on this masterpiece. It’s amazing to watch!
I always think of what I would look like sitting in that position. Here I am, clay in hands, start pumping that wheel, splash a little water here and there, and it wouldn’t be long before I would make a huge mess! Clay flying off the wheel into my hair on the faces of children as they pass by, and water splashing everywhere. I can guarantee that my creation would take on more of the resemblance of a flat rock than a beautiful pot.
But you know what? I don’t to have to be a master at pottery. I don’t have to mold anything precious with my hands. I don’t have to solve all my own problems. I don’t have to worry about healing the sick, taking care of my finances, finding just the right job, or building a broken relationship.
Why don’t I worry about these things? Because my Heavenly Father promised that He has everything right in the palm of His Heavenly hand. He has it all under control.
I was right, earlier, about making a mess out of my pottery. But unfortunately, it wasn’t a clay pot that I was dealing with. It was relationships that I have ruined because of my mouth. The old me could say very foul things and really tear people apart to lift myself up.
The old me didn’t trust God with our finances, so my husband and I started trusting in ourselves. This led to a life of debt which I thought for sure would ruin our marriage. I cried many nights our first year of marriage because I worried constantly.
In the past, I could be very quick to make a decision and not involve God at all. I would just inform Him that I had it all handled and He could just sit back and watch. Which is exactly what He did! He watched my pottery crumble and my self-esteem go right down with it.
If you have ever read the book of Jeremiah then you will see too many times that the Israelites often wanted to play the part of the potter. They wanted to take things into their own hands, and all they really wound up doing was making things worse for themselves and their families.
Did you notice in Jeremiah 18:6 that God doesn’t ask for our help? What? He doesn’t need my advice? Believe or not, but He doesn’t. Sometimes I truly believe that we stand in the way of His work and keep destroying the clay that He keeps trying to mold.
Looking back at my life, I wouldn’t change a thing except for this one. I would have involved God early on in my life, schooling, marriage, relationships, etc. I often think of where I would be today had I let God take His role as the potter and me as the clay. If only I had stayed out of the way.
I listen to my son now tell me all the things he wants to do when he grows up and I remind him often that even though all those things sound amazing, he really needs to be searching out God’s plan for his life.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
So, even though I may not have started off my life on the right path, I want to make sure that my children always search God and know that they can sit comfortably in the palm of His hand.
What about you? Are you ready to give up this control? Are you tired of seeing your life spiral out of control and ready to let God take charge? Don’t you want to see the beauty that can come out of God’s mighty hand?
If you need prayer in this situation, please feel free to contact me. I would love to talk with you further about this.
Scripture borrowed from www.biblegateway.com.