Monday, September 10th
Picture Scripture: Vessel (the Creator/Potter)
Scripture: Jeremiah 18:1-6; Psalm 119: 73; Psalm 139:13-18.
Read and then meditate or write in your journal anything that speaks to you.
Post: Years ago I took a pottery class. I am fairly creative so I thought this would be a good fit for me. What I found is that it requires a tremendous amount of focus, patience, and skill to create a vessel. The spinning clay is highly sensitive to each and every touch. The potter must be gentle with his hands and very intentional with each movement. Every little tweek of the hand makes a difference in what is being created. Each piece created is uniquely beautiful and I believe leaves the wheel with a little piece of the potter's heart and soul. This process was much harder than I ever anticipated . Although my time at the wheel was brief, I learned respect for those that create in that way.
Take a minute to meditate on a potter sitting with his clay at the wheel getting ready to create a new vessel. The master potter is full of knowedge and experience. Likewise, our Creator is all knowing and good. He designs with a purpose and intention and for His good pleasure. His amazing specialty is His unique touch that He joyfully places on each and every living being. His charcter goes into each vessel He creates. Like the potter, he is meticulously creating an original that will endure time.
Today I'm going to ask you to spend some of your quiet time thinking and writing. Who are three people in your life that you admire due to their uniqueness? Take out your journal, identify these people and explain a bit. See what unfolds as you write. Then, ask yourself what are three ways in which God has uniquely formed you. Be confident when you answer. Take some journal time to thank Him for the unique way He mentally, physically and emotionally created you. This may be challenging for some of us but important. Remember, He is worthy to be praised in all that He created, especially His people .
Heavenly Father, How amazing it is that "Your hands made me and fashioned me" (Psalm 119:73). Give us pause to ponder that today. You loved us before we were even created- how that blows our minds. Teach us see ourselves through your eyes. Rather than be critical , let us embrace what we consider our flaws and see them as the beauty of uniqueness. "For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother's womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well" (Psalm 139: 13-14). Give us thankful hearts that live out today like we believe every word of those two verses. Amen.