“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.” Jeremiah 1:5 NIV
Yesterday we saw how we were made in God’s image. Yet often, when I sit down to start writing a new article, I don’t feel that way. I can’t imagine God staring blankly at His creation, wondering what to do next. Yet I often sit and look at the blank screen in front of me and struggle to come up with a new idea. Eventually I start by typing out a few words. From there, I work step by step, creating what I hope will be a masterpiece. Sometimes I am pleased with the result. More often, I don’t like it one bit. At that point I have two options. I can hit delete and start over, or I can press on and try to improve on my article.
The potter in our reading didn’t throw the clay away. He kept on working with it. In the same way, I usually opt to add another layer or perhaps some more colour. Perhaps I realise the image needs a shadow, or a dark outline. Gradually the design comes to life until at the end it is a work of art, and I am satisfied.
Before we were born, God had a plan for each of our lives. He will never give up on us, and throw us to one side. Sometimes He’ll see we need another layer or person in our lives. He supplies that. Maybe we need some colour, and He provides us with joy or excitement to brighten our lives. A time of sadness throws a shadow onto our lives, or a tragedy may appear like a dark outline. He uses all these things to turn us into something beautiful. One day, if we allow Him to keep working on us, God will look at the finished result, and He will be satisfied. We will turn out just like He hoped—a person fit for his Kingdom.
PRAYER: Lord God, when I look at some of the challenges in my life, sometimes I wonder if You’ve thrown away Your master plan. Thank You for the reminder that You never give up. Help me to trust You to continue Your work in me. Thank You that You never lose sight of what I will one day become. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: God has a plan for my life, and nothing—absolutely nothing—can thwart that plan.
Jeremiah 18:1-4 CEV The LORD told me, “Go to the pottery shop, and when you get there, I will tell you what to say to the people.” I went there and saw the potter making clay pots on his pottery wheel. And whenever the clay would not take the shape he wanted, he would change his mind and form it into some other shape.