[CF Devotionals] 2014-08-12 - Lump of Dirt

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Something reminded me of being in my college Level One Ceramics Class. There was something about taking a lump of clay, and learning different techniques to create a specific piece. It could include anything from a plate thrown on a potter's wheel, to a pinch pot scored together by hand with some tools, clay and water. I had often wanted to take the intermediate and advanced classes, but it didn't work out at the time. I may still do it. The intriguing process all starts with essentially a lump of dirt.

How much more important are we, to the one who created us, too, from essentially a lump of dirt? A piece of pottery from those beginnings is cool - but a human being from it - priceless. However, the process reminds me, too, of how we are shaped and molded as described in God's word. The movie version from "Ghost" might be romantic, but the real-life Ceramics Class is more accurate. If the combination of water and clay, along with technique, isn't just right - then it won't work well, and may even make a mess, requiring us to start over. God gets it right the first time, and does intricate things with such ease that it's impossible for me to think of anything other than the supernatural. To think that he took that power - and used it to create me - is overwhelming. And He will use the same power, to bring me back to him at the appointed time.

"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)

"He said, "Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?" declares the Lord. "Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel." (Jeremiah 18:6)

"But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? "Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, 'Why did you make me like this?'" 21 Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?" (Romans 9:20-21)

"For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. 6  Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord." (2 Corinthians 5:4-6)

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All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.

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