Playing with Clay

And yet, O Lord, you are our Father.
We are the clay, and you are the potter.
We all are formed by your hand
. Isaiah 64:8 NLT

In September 2011, I started a pottery wheel class.  I just thought it would a fun, creative outlet.  I truly didn’t know anything about it.  It was just playing with clay, right?  Well, I quickly found out I had a lot to learn. “Playing with clay” is actually pretty challenging.

I continue to hang in there with it, continuing with an ongoing class weekly.  But, it’s still not easy and while I have turned out a few things that are okay, I still qualify as a beginner.  Forming, pushing, shaping, pulling and trimming a lump of clay into a piece takes a lot of patience.  It’s really messy.  Then, there’s the glazing and firing.  I really only have time to commit to one afternoon a week; I’d probably be farther along if I practiced more frequently.  But it’s a tremendous way for me to get out of my comfort zone and do something so different.

The prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah use the image of clay and the potter to talk about our relationship with God. The prophets report that God is forming us – pushing, shaping, pulling and trimming too.  This process of being refined is messy.  If we only have time to submit to God once a week, I guess it’s going to take a long time for us to become all God dreams we can be.

But God is a potter who desires to turn out really good stuff – he wants to get the vessels just right for the purpose in mind.  Thanks be to God that God is willing to take the time with us, to trim where needed and use all of our imperfections to make a piece of beauty.  It might take a while, but God is patient.

Join us for worship tomorrow at 9 or 10:30 and come play in the clay with us!


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