You would think that by the time you reached retirement age you would have completed all the important things you wanted to do in your life. I have found that I’m just getting started. Each day from now until I die is a gift and I’d like to think that I’m still a work in progress.
My husband is an artist. When I first met him, we were both in high school and took an art class together. Everyone in the class created “sculptures” out of plaster which had been formed in milk cartons. He had a space of his own where he donned a pair of safety goggles and canvas apron, took electric grinder in hand and crafted a ram’s head (curly horns and all) out of a piece of granite. We still own that masterpiece and it always reminds me of how God takes us in His hands and molds us throughout our lives.
It’s hard to imagine ourselves as a lifeless piece of clay or dead mass of rock, but when you see the final result – it’s an amazing piece of imagery. We are in the Master’s hand. He takes us and shapes us. He sometimes has to push us to get us motivated. There are days when he has to re-do us – not because He has made any mistakes, but because we are unwilling to surrender to His will. If clay would be left to its own limits, it would stay the same forever. With God as the potter – we take on shape – we have purpose – we live.
It isn’t always going to be easy. We know we’re going to have obstacles. Some days we think we’re finished, but the Potter has different ideas. Some days we think we know better than Him and that’s when we have to be pushed down again and re-made. As any good pot knows, there will be a fire to face at some point. We will all have to go through trials in this life, but when we’re finished we will be ready – for eternity with the Master.
Isaiah 64:8 But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter;
we are all the work of your hand.”
Lord, help me to realize that I need your presence in my life every day. I know you have created me for a purpose. Even in my latter days, allow me to see that you are in control and your love for your creation is amazing. You will always be with me as long as I remain faithful to you. Amen!