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Years ago, my sister and I took pottery lessons. We listened as the teacher guided our feeble efforts to create something of beauty. When I say feeble, I mean disastrous.
No matter what we tried to create, the clay wouldn’t respond to our prodding. And to top off our inadequacies, my sister and I became tickled. And the more we giggled, the more those around us responded with blank stares, which only made our situation all the more worthy of side-splitting laughter.
We had planned on creating pretty pots or beautiful vases to sit on our shelves. What we took home were two stumpy little pots that looked more like ashtrays (and neither of us smokes). I still have my creation, which my sweet husband uses in the closet to store his spare change.
If clay had human properties, I would have told you our clay was very rebellious. It refused to be molded to our grand designs.
Yet, don’t we do the same thing with our Heavenly Father, the Master Potter? When we refuse God’s touch and refuse to be molded by Him when the pressure of life comes, we lose His blessings and the beauty He is longing to create in us and through us.
The most beautiful masterpieces are created when the clay is soft and pliable. It is not outward beauty God desires, but the soul-deep beauty of a surrendered life.
Andrew Murray sums up beautifully, “What has God promised you, and what can God do to fill a vessel absolutely surrendered to Him? Oh, God wants to bless you in a way beyond what you expect. From the beginning, ear hath not heard, neither hath they eye seen, what God hath prepared for them that wait for Him. God has prepared unheard-of-things, blessings much more wonderful than you can imagine, more mighty than you can conceive. They are divine blessings.”
Mining for Treasure
How can you be soft and pliable in The Master’s Hands?
Surrender to God’s molding and let His blessings flow. You are treasure in an earthen vessel, let God unlock the treasure of you!