“If you fall to pieces in a crisis, there wasn’t much to you in the first place. Proverbs 24:10 (MSG)
In the process of making a vase on a potter’s wheel, the potter takes time to knead the clay by pressing into it vigorously. Then the clay is put on the wheel for shaping, with water being added at times to keep it pliable. After it is shaped to the potter’s liking, it is placed in a kiln, which is a hot furnace. This is the ultimate test, because clay that wasn’t properly kneaded in the beginning can have small pockets of air that can cause it to explode under extreme temperatures. However, if it does survive the kiln, it is then beautifully decorated and sold or kept for personal use. While in ceramic class, I would sometimes skip the cumbersome process of kneading clay and head straight for the wheel. I was anxious to get to the fun and relaxing part of shaping clay in my hands. But no matter how beautiful the piece was, it always exploded in the furnace because I didn’t take time to knead it properly. God is the potter and we are the clay. We are in His hands, in His controlled environment and He knows what He is doing. All of the pruning and pressing you feel is preparing you not for the wheel, but for the ultimate test. God knows you are fearfully and wonderfully made. He knows He has gifted you. You are awesome! But none of that means anything if you fall to pieces under extreme pressure. It is not the shaping on the wheel that God is preparing you for, but rather He is preparing you to be able to withstand the trials of life without exploding. How do you handle pressure? How do you handle heat? Do you keep it together or do you explode? If you have fallen to pieces, pick yourself up and get back on the table and let God accomplish His work within you. Stay pliable. Keep trusting Him. God will be glorified in your life.
Prayer: Yes, God! Work in me. Develop my character. Help me grow and develop into the woman You called me to be. I am clay in Your hands. Help me to be able to withstand the ultimate tests of life without exploding. Help me keep it together Lord. I know You are good and I know You only do what’s best for me. Keep working in me. Work in my family. Work in my surroundings. Be glorified in my life. In Jesus Name, Amen.
(Read Isaiah 64:8, Philippians 1:6, Philippians 2:13)