Imagine yourself, a child of God, as a little lump of earthy, red-brown clay; just a little pile all to yourself and without form. Now imagine two strong hands that begin to work the clay. Sometimes the clay is too dry and hard so a little water is added. Then again, it might be too soft and squishy so it's set outside in the sun to dry. When finally the clay is workable, the two hands begin to form a sculpture of you. First, just a general outline is built. Then the hands shave off a tad bit here and add a little more there. Eventually you start to recognize yourself. It's not perfect…the fingers aren't defined or your lips haven't been added but you can see the likeness is definitely you.
Just like a little lump of dirty, reddish-brown
clay, we start out formless and without a relationships with our Creator.
But God uses people, circumstances and events to soften or strengthen our
hearts so we'll respond to his call. Once we accept that call and allow
God to work in our life, He starts to build us up. Then we spend the rest
of our lives being shaped and molded to His likeness. First, He shows us
where we're lacking and then he helps us to overcome and draw closer to
Him. Sometimes we wander off and become calloused or we forget what he's
taught us and let go of the rock we once stood upon. That's when God teaches
us our lessons, sends a flood or a drought to get our attention, and softens
or strengthens us accordingly. You may be gazing at your sculpture now,
focusing on the parts that still need so much work but don't be discouraged
or lose heart. No one's sculpture is perfect. Rather, have hope and faith
in the day when it will be perfect and you'll see Christ shining throughout.
Just think how awesome it will be to become snow, snow white instead of
Psalm 51:6-17 "Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place. Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you."
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