Isaiah 64:8 - But now, O Lord, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our Potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand.

Anyone who has dabbled in the art of ceramics knows that clay is not easy to work with. Before it can be put upon the wheel, clay must be adequately prepared. It must be washed clean and mixed with enough water to make it moldable. Even after the Potter works the clay into a beautiful new form, it must be fired in the kiln when the shape becomes permanent. Finally, the Potter paints and glazes the brand-new piece of art, perfecting it so it shines.

We are reminded that we are the clay and God is our Potter; we often want to jump to the “perfection” part in our faith journey. We commit our lives to Christ, and right away we want to be beautiful and glossy, unyielding in our faith, immediately strong enough to serve as tools of God. It is easy to forget all the ways in which we must allow God to change and mold us, all the trials and “fires” we must go through before we are perfected. Essentially, we are all works in progress, and the process might last a lifetime.

REFLECT God’s skilled hands are preparing you and molding you according to His purpose so that you may bless others and build His kingdom. Be patient while He works and Asks God to have his own way in your life as he forms and reforms you.