Sooner or later, we’ll have trouble in life.
We may find ourselves out of work and financially strapped. We may become depressed about a rough patch in our marriage or an end to one. We may lose someone we love and our hearts are crushed.
But God doesn’t leave us during difficult times. He doesn’t forsake us when we’re broken or troubled.
God is the potter, and we are the clay.
I learned an interesting fact about forming clay from watching a children’s program. The host mentioned something about the pottery-making process that struck me spiritually.
“The clay is softened and able to be molded through the warmth of the potter’s hands.”
Warmth of the potter’s hands?
Clay can’t soften itself or form a shape on its own. The warm hands of the potter touching the clay is what causes it to soften. Then it can be formed and shaped into something useful such as a bowl or some other piece of pottery.
Honestly, I never once thought about the warmth of the potter’s hands. But after this children’s program, I saw God as the potter and us as the clay, in a whole new light.
Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. – Isaiah 64:8
It’s a beautiful Scripture. But even more so through the lens of warmth and God’s love for us.
Here are six reasons to trust the clay of your troubles in the Potter’s hands:
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