2016-02-24 - Transformed
When I was in my junior year of college one of my favorite elective art classes was ceramics. It seemed like the possibilities of interjecting creativity into the work were more likely. Although we had specific assignments we were given some latitude which allowed for a little bit of ourselves to find its way into the work. The two main types of clays we learned about were earthenware (permeable by water after fired in the kiln) and stoneware (not permeable by water after fired in the kiln). I found it fascinating and fun to take a lump of clay and transform it into a beautiful and very often useful piece of pottery. You could add as much or as little detail to the piece with texture techniques or styles and colors of glazes to dip them in before putting them in the kiln for firing. Once it had gone through the process of being fired in the kiln there was, however, no other change that could be made to the work. The kiln removed the water from the clay and water is what allows you to shape and form the clay different ways. My only regret was not being able to take the next level to the class; advanced. It was so much fun seeing the transformation process.
I wonder if God enjoys seeing us transform, as we choose to let him mold and shape us after asking him into our hearts. Wherever we are when that time comes, we get to start over - just as the many times I had to take a lump of clay out of control, and ball it back up and start over on the potter’s wheel in class. The difference is, we don’t have the water dried from us, so he can’t mold us any further, and what a relief to know the transformation is continual, as we follow the road he travels with us. Just like with the clay, transforming people doesn’t mean taking a substance and making it into something completely new, because the ingredients don’t change, just the purpose might be different. Just imagine if you liked jello. As a kid, I certainly did, but not so much now. The jello is still the same, if it’s in two different molds; the shape is just held in separate ways, to appear different. So is our transformation. We were made to have a specific purpose all along, but we have to choose to be molded in a way that allows our ingredients to be most utilized. It must bring elation to our creator, and I appreciate Him allowing me to be part of the process.
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:2)
All scripture references from KJV (King James Version) unless otherwise noted