Tuesday, April 13, 2010

WordFILLED Wednesday: Something new...

I find it interesting to look back over the last decade of my life...to look at God's massive changes in me from 20 to 30. I'm grateful for the changes but they have not been painless. Some were life changes, like marriage and babies. Some were deeply spiritual, like dealing with marriage, moving, church issues, and parenting. Recently, I read the verse above, and it struck me that I'm not even sure I'm the same pot anymore. I feel like The Potter has broken and formed another pot and is still shaping it as seems best to Him.

Have you ever watched a potter work? They bang on the clay...and pat pat pat it...and yank a lump off...and tenderly form edges. Sometimes the wheel spins crazy FAST...and sometimes slowly, to almost a standstill. Are ya catching the analogy here? Sometimes I feel marred, and spanked soundly. Sometimes I feel that my life is spinning just too fast. But then I remember, I DO know that MY POTTER loves me...and that His plan is perfect. For one thing...he knows what He's making. That makes me think of the other "clay passage."

"But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’"Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?" Romans 9:20-21

Yeah, I'm a really vocal pot...and I think that's one of those things He's scraping off of me lately. In some ways I'm finally seeing the need for my words to have quality over quantity. Well, some days at least. It's a slow process...and My Potter is ever patient in forming me to fit His perfect plan.

The question for me is am I willing to be quiet and let Him work? To trust that He knows my full purpose...He knows completely my future. It needs to be okay with me if I'm a showy teacup or an ordinary dinner plate. I tend to think that's one of my big hangups with this whole MomE the Domestic Engineer role. It's so ORDINARY...and cyclical...and really hard.

*OKAY God, I get it...I'll be an ordinary MomE...for you. The best MomE I can be...for Your Glory!*

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12 comments:

lori said...

It is AMAZING to watch a potter at work...It's a dream of mine to actually DO THAT someday...(when I have my studio! LOL) It's amazing how there are times we need to be reshaped and other times when we need to be brought back to the LUMP we began as...God knows EXACTLY what we need...HE is the potter...Only THEN can we be the "new creation" (that's mine today) How beautifully they go together!


I LOVE this image, one of my all time faves from Scripture.

You hit me in the heart today!
Peace Bobbi!

lori

Maxine said...

What a beautiful devotional - one of my favorite topics from Scripture is that of the Potter. Thank you for sharing His work of shaping and molding your life as He has, and He will continue to do so in each of us. A very special WFW. Blessings to you!

Kaye Swain said...

Oh my, this was such an inspirational and encouraging Bible verse AND devotional for Word-Filled Wednesday. It came at the perfect time for me too! Thank you! :)

Ginger said...

What a good word Bobbi.

Missie said...

Wow...thank you so much for sharing!

Amydeanne said...

happy WFW!

Karen said...

Amen...MY POTTER loves me...oh yes, He does!

Mary said...

So many times I, as the pot, jump off the potter's wheel. And that's pretty painful. I am learning not to wrestle with the potter and allow Him to do what He needs to do. (for the most part!) Thanks for sharing. Blessings on your day.

Susan said...

Great word Bobbi,

Good timing too, I needed to read this today...

Blessings to you this WFW!

e-Mom said...

Yeah, I'm a really vocal pot...and I think that's one of those things He's scraping off of me lately... This made me chuckle, but yes, I'm there too.

You really have been through a lot of changes in the past decade. Don't worry, though. You'll make it. :~D

Mylene said...

Shaping is never sweet. It has always some pains and hurts. But the final product will surely be the best. And that is how God is working in all His children.

Thanks for sharing! Blessings!

ozjane said...

Unfortunately the problem with being vocal is that we are often self focused when doing so. I had some lovely feedback from a couple of friends this week.....the type that makes you want to say....no not me I did not say that ...I did not boast about that. We need others to reflect back to us what we cannot hear but is so obvious to others.
And then we have to face the challenge to accept it gracefully......God being my helper I stumbled along with week with some God given grace.....but oh it is tempting to retaliate. I keep being reminded of the '70's tonight but that is when I did pottery as a hobby. I too love watching a potter work and when God is doing a deep work in me it is often through the image of the potter.
The piece on the wheel gets a bit out of shape so the potter scrapes it down, wedges that clay, thumps it around and then makes something beautiful of the muddy mess.
How great is our God