Don’t you just love it when a clay project with your pre-teen turns into teachable moment?
Everybody say, “yessssss!” Haha
Well my 11 year old daughter and I were sitting in her room and she was proudly showing me her clay project. (Her masterpiece is pictured below BTW!) I got to thinking about the season we have been in. Just recently in the last month or so we have have dealt with many trials including sicknesses in our home, my husband needing carpel tunnel surgery on both his wrists, blended family struggles, forgiving and making family amends (hello, hard!!), and my husband wrecking his truck. We have been going through a season that surely has had us stretched and feeling tested. We are a lot like that clay! It’s being stretched, pinched, smooshed, flattened and then molded to how my daughter wants it to look. Pressing it together in a certain way so it works best. So it functions correctly. When she gets it how she wants it, it must then go through a refining fire process to become better and stronger. To be more complete.
Are we not the clay!? When we are going through times that stretch us or make us feel smooshed (defeated), that’s God just getting us ready for His taking us through that refining fire! His process of making us better! Stronger in Him. There is a scripture that speaks of this truth and I love it!
In Isaiah 64:8 we read, “Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.”
Is that not the coolest thing!? How he uses small things to speak big messages to us!? To know there is a legit reason for our trials!? So, I speak for myself when I say this is the scripture I’m going to be more intentional about thinking on as we CONTINUE through this time we are in. God has proven faithful in our biggest things, and every small victory in the last few months, so I believe He is able even now and will stay faithful!