So, as I’m reading through Richard Stearns book, “He Walks Among Us,” I came to a section about Jeremiah 18 and a potter and his lump of clay.
Jeremiah 18 says:
“So I went to the potter’s house, and sure enough, the potter was there, working away at his wheel. Whenever the pot the potter was working on turned out badly, as sometimes happens when you are working with clay, the potter would simply start over and use the same clay to make another pot.
Then God’s Message came to me: “Can’t I do just as this potter does, people of Israel?”
Two things that hit me about this passage on a Monday morning……
God never says the clay isn’t useful, but He does say, “I’ve got different plans for you.” Why does He have different plans? We don’t know, we aren’t God. But He does. Our job isn’t to question why, but to spend our times discerning God’s plan and attempting to mold our lives to be part of that plan in the way that He wants us to.
Starting over – whether your last set of “plans” worked well, didn’t work at all, worked well but were changed by someone else, God can give us unlimited “do overs.” We can start and become something different, be used differently, be leading differently, be helping differently, be caring differently – if that’s what God wants us to do.
As I’m writing this, I’m at the beginning of that “start over” phase. My time at the orphanage is done, but my concern for the kids in Haiti is not. I’ve had a good number of people ask me, “So what’s next?” or “what would you like to do next?”
My answer – “I don’t know. But I know Who does know.”
And until He shows me more than one step at a time, if He ever shows me more than one step at a time, I’ll be able to see the plan and get closer towards being that finished lump of clay.
Pray with me today that we’d all be open to what ever sort of purposes God wants us to be open to.