Yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. Isaiah 64:8 (NIV)
That’s me. I feel like a lump of clay. I’m discouraged. I’m down. I’m depressed. Why do I feel so inadequate? Why do I feel so unusable? Am I really the work of your hands? Are you really molding and shaping my life? Will you really be able to make me into someone you can use? Will I bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name? Will I ever be your work of art? Will I one day be your masterpiece? I don’t doubt you. I doubt me. That’s good. What’s good about that? It’s good that you doubt yourself and it’s good that you don’t doubt me.
When has clay been able to make itself into a work of art? When has clay been able to create a masterpiece? It’s quite all right that you feel like a lump of clay. Why is that? You are a lump of clay. You are a work in progress. I am molding and shaping your life. I am making you into a work of art. You will be my masterpiece. I don’t think I look like a piece of art. I don’t think I qualify as a masterpiece. Stop thinking that. I’m not done with you yet.
You are impatient. You want my work in you to be completed quickly. You would like me to speed things up a bit. Would you like my work in you to be done right now? How about tomorrow or the next day? Or, would you like me to take my time? Do you want me to answer those questions? Yes, I want you to answer these questions. Take your time. Think carefully about your answer. If you finished with me right now I would not be much of a work of art. I would certainly not be a masterpiece. A real work of art that becomes a masterpiece does not happen overnight. That’s right. I don’t ever want to get in your way. I don’t ever want to limit your working in and through my life. I want you to keep on molding and shaping my life. Take your time. I’m no longer in a hurry. I can wait. I will set aside my impatience. I will trust that you are working in my life day-by-day and moment-by-moment. When I get discouraged and depressed and feel unusable I will remember that it is you that is working in and through my life. You are making me into your work of art. I will be your masterpiece. Yes, you will.
Heavenly Father, thank you that you are the potter and I am the clay. Forgive me for wanting to be molded into something or someone else. I welcome you to mold and shape my life according to your purposes and plans. Make me into your masterpiece. Amen
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