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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