In the Potter's Hands
shared by Sue Hoyles
Bristol Area KYB Team & National Leadership Team
Let’s take a look at Jeremiah 18:1 – 4
and think about God as our creator and our re-creator.
We know that God formed us (Psalm 139:13 – 17).
Jeremiah was told this too in Jeremiah 1:5.
In Jeremiah 18:1 – 4 we see a lump of clay on the potter’s wheel and it is not turning out as the potter wants. However, it’s not too late to change what he is making because the clay has not hardened yet.
This reassures me that at times, when my life has maybe started to resemble a wonky pot, God can take it and reform it into the pot that He wants me to be.
This past 6 months has made me think that maybe this is an opportunity for God’s people I the UK to be reformed into the kind of pot He wants rather than being “marred in His hands”.
We have heard a lot about a “new normal”. I have been amused to hear this talked about so much recently. It was something my brother and I often spoke about as he faced a “new normal” following the diagnosis of his brain tumour in 2006, as we faced our son leaving to work as a missionary in a "Majority Muslim" country, as Simon (my brother) faced palliative care and I had my own cancer diagnosis. Life is full of “new normals” never mind COVID 19! But what of now? Do we sit and wait for this “new normal” to arrive? Or is this it?
Is God using COVID 19 to remould us? Our future is completely in the hands of God, however our actions can affect the way God implements His plans. In Jeremiah 18 God leaves opportunity for His people to repent. It has been so encouraging to hear folks being positive about finding new ways of doing things within KYB. We could sit and complain about all that we are unable to do. How much better to celebrate those things which we can do?
Isaiah 29:16 and Isaiah 45:9 portray the ludicrous picture of a lump of clay questioning the potter’s actions. Or is it such a ludicrous picture? Do we trust that the potter’s hands are safe? Or do we find ourselves questioning what God is doing?
God’s plans operate within an openness that is responsive to the actions of individuals and nations. It is a dynamic relationship and whist we remain on the potter’s wheel He can still mould us and shape us into what He wants us to be.
Do we trust God to mould our lives? Do we trust God to mould KYB? Do we trust God to mould our nation? Let’s not wait for the “new normal” to start, let’s embrace new opportunities now and see what kind of pot God is going to make!
The Potter’s Hand by Darlene Zschech
Beautiful Lord, wonderful Saviour
I know for sure, all of my days are held in Your hands
Crafted into Your perfect plan.
You gently call me, into Your presence.
Guiding me by, Your Holy Spirit.
Teach me dear Lord
To live all of my life through Your eyes.
I'm captured by, Your Holy calling
Set me apart
I know You're drawing me to Yourself
Lead me Lord I pray.
Take me, Mould me, Use me, Fill me.
I give my life to the Potter's hands.
I give my life to the Potter's hand.