“Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand.” Jeremiah 18:6
Ever watched a feather fall to the ground? Notice how long it takes? Ever prayed about something and it seemed to take God forever to answer your prayer, just like it took forever for that feather to fall?
Several weeks ago, my daughter and I were talking about praying for something she was struggling with and she looked at me and told me “but God takes too long to answer.” As we discussed God’s timing, I thought to myself, good point to reflect on deeper.
I see two parts of the lesson,
- God teaching us patience as we wait for His answer.
- God ensuring everything lines up to provide us with a perfect answer given all circumstance, present and future.
I often am humored when I am asked about my pursuit of a relationship with the opposite sex. This is one of these areas that I feel God is asking me to be patient and is molding me in preparation for what He Himself has in store for me. God knows that I cannot truly have a relationship with someone of the opposite sex that is healthy, stable and grounded in Him unless I have healed, am grounded myself, and whole in Him and my faith. When I know and understand my identity in Him, then I am ready to share myself and my love with another that He has prepared for me.
As my life journey moves forward, I see His hands molding and shaping me “like clay in the hand of the potter” through my healing of many deep wounds in several relationships in my life. I see my life like the feather falling to the earth. It is slowly moving towards the center of who I am in God, towards my body’s universal pull of love of my Eternal Father. The virtue of patience is my vehicle to enjoy and embrace the marvelous view along the way. Sometimes it isn’t easy and the view seems a bit dull, but I know that waiting on God in all things in my life is worth the wait. The view will be more spectacular as His plan unfolds.
The potter does not form his work of art in a hurry. He takes his time allowing his hands to gently mold and shape it into his creation. So to is the work of God.
Are you allowing God to form you like the potter forms the clay? Are you allowing Him to sculpt the intricate details of your inner being? Are you resting in patience as he writes your story unfolding His plan for your well-being? Just as the feather slowly falls to the ground in the exact place it was intended, so will your life fall into place as you trust and allow God to work in your life.