I was born into a Christian home and accepted Christ into my heart at a very young age. I have heard most of the Bible stories through talking vegetable cartoons and Sunday school teachers. It is not often that I hear a verse I have never heard before. And honestly, I think I have heard Isaiah 29:16 before, but reading it this time, was like hearing it for the first time.
16 You have turned things around, as if the potter were the same as the clay. How can what is made say about its maker, “He didn’t make me”? How can what is formed say about the one who formed it, “He doesn’t understand [what he’s doing]”?
This potter and clay metaphor relates to us (the clay) and God (the potter). God created us and therefore He the artist, the potter, and the mind behind this whole operation. He created each part of our being and knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows the thoughts we think and each breath we take. We are the artwork. The created beings that display His greatness.
While I would like to think I am well-behaved, just sitting there allowing the master potter to do his work, more truthfully, I am the rebel clay. I am the clay that says, “Umm excuse me, what do you think you are doing? I want to be a vase, not a bowl.”
Why do we do that? Why do we talk back to God and give Him our opinion on what is best for our lives? Sometimes I really just want to slap myself. Like really, can I just please trust that He knows exactly what He is doing??
Each day I look around and see success stories of God’s perfect timing and faithfulness. I see His marvelous creations and masterpieces and stand in awe of them. Yet, the same person who marvels at His greatness is the one telling Him what He should be doing differently.
The start of verse 16 is also very convicting. So often I see myself, not as “an equal” with God but I see myself having the same amount of say in matters of my life. When, in reality, the clay has absolutely no say in what it becomes. That is a hard pill to swallow but it is the truth. In the end, we make our own decisions and can choose what we do, but God has the final say.
But the kicker, the one that really hits home with me is the last line. “He doesn’t understand what he’s doing.” Many of my prayers have sounded a lot like this. I cry out to the Lord saying, “God, you don’t know what that will do to me. You don’t know how hard it is for me to leave a place a love, to say goodbye to the work I have done for the past three years in this school.” But deep down, I know that isn’t true. Deep down I know that the Lord is aware of exactly what He is calling me to. He knows how hard it is, but He also knows how great the future will be.
I don’t want you guys to leave this post thinking that God doesn’t care about our feelings or our desires. HE DOES CARE. I want you to walk away knowing that God is in control and is fully aware of what is happening. He works for your good and is creating a masterpiece in your life. It may not be the masterpiece you are expecting, but it will be more beautiful than what you could ever imagine. I can promise you that.
I have been reading Isaiah for this past month and my biggest takeaway is learning to trust God’s goodness and faithfulness. I want to be open with God about my feelings and desires, but at the end of the day, I need to be able to leave it in God’s hands and trust His process.
Let the potter do his job. You just focus on being moldable. We are in this together!!
XOXO, The Christian Prepster