Lessons From the Wheel (cont.)February 23, 2018
Raise your hand if you like easy. Easy suppers, easy relationships, and easy careers are what a lot of us want. We also know that how we handle adversity (the lack of easy) is a product of what we’ve been taught, what we seen work for others, and a bit of determination that stamps it as our own. A lot of people are convinced that adversity and difficulty serve no purpose other than to slow our progress.
As I sit down at the potters wheel each week in class, I am amazed at how difficult it is to shape the clay into the ceramic art I have in mind. As I walk into the ceramics center, inspiration is everywhere. Our teacher has an advanced degree in ceramics from a well recognized school. There are also resident potters who spend many hours per day perfecting their craft and works. The space is full of beautiful and useful creations that spur me on. But getting the clay to yield to my attempts at creative genius repeatedly proves frustrating.
I try to remind myself that the artists I am fawning over have spent hours, days, months honing all the intricacies of exactly where and when to apply pressure. Their expertise is evident in the finished product. This week’s lesson from the wheel calls me to trust The Maker as He works in my life. I can trust Him for He knows exactly what to do in my life (Romans 8:28). I can trust Him because His knowledge is from everlasting (Psalm 147:5). I can trust Him because I can see the results in people who have allowed Him to shape and fashion their lives – people like Helen Jorgenson, Ehrma Jackson, and Darlene Ward. God has been good and gracious to these, and He will do the same for me. Will you join me as I trust God’s perfect plan for life. When you do, you’ll never regret it.
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