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We are The Clay

We are the Clay -Karina's thought

 

Few days ago got surprised! When I entered my work room, there was a flower bouquet on my table. Which made me more surprised was, the flower made by Play-Doh. Then my secretary said, “Ma’am, I made it for you. It might not been perfect. I am still learning” Looking at the “play-doh” flowers, reminds me when I was 10 my parents took me to Madame Tussauds museum and afterward I was very interested to create mini figures or characters like wax sculpture in Madame Tussauds. Strongly remembered I could spend many hours in my play room expressing my imagination and creativity to create figures or characters I liked. At the time, I really love made characters in fairy tale such as sleeping beauty, Cinderella, or other characters. With highly patient and carefulness I mold it carefully, paint it, and gave the details on its character in order looks realistic. If I made a mistake or the character was broken then I will re-mold from the beginning until I got the best and perfect result.

Like I wholeheartedly created a character, it is the same with God. God totally poured out his heart to make the best and perfect for us. We are His masterpiece.  We all are the mankind that created very good, pleasant, and suitable. We were created with special treatment. We were created so special according to His image and likeness.

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground (Genesis 1:26 NIV)

And when humans fell into sin, God considers it is important to do a step or mission to save us by sacrificing His only Son so that none of us shall not perish, but have eternal life.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 NIV)

Not only that, God also had already planned the best for our lives.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)

It means God wants to give the best for us, guaranteeing the lives of those who live according to His will and plan, both in the life on the world stage towards eternal salvation with Him one day in Heaven. See? How special we are. God doesn’t only give the best for today and tomorrow but God also provide the best for our future.

If I make a figure by play-doh as the base material, Actually God also use a material when create us. What used by God to create us?  Let’s have a look to the verse below,

Yet you, Lord, are our Father.  We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. (Isaiah 64:8 NIV)

We are created by the clay and God himself as the potter. We are of His Hand’s works. Like I was creating a character, I have full of authority to mold a character as I want. It is also the same with God, as a potter He has full of authority to mold us as He wants. And as a lump of clay we could never set the potter to mold us as we like. God already has a “blueprint” for each of us. As a potter God really know very well our character as clay and He will not mold us into something bad and useless. We will be processed into something beautiful and perfect according His “blueprint” through His own way.  A vessel, before it becomes a beautiful and useful vessel, must undergo a very lengthy process, and if the vessel was broken during the process, then the potter will remold another vessel from beginning and until become the best and beautiful vessel. This is the way how God molds us.

But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. (Jeremiah 18:4 NIV)

My beloved readers, there are two important thing that I want to convey in this post. First, as it is written in Isaiah 64:8, we are as humans have to be aware that our position is only as a lump of clay. As humans we have no right to be bragging with all we have today. Whoever we are, no matter how big our power today in society, we are not more than a figure that bible says is formed only by the clay. In other verse of Isaiah reminds us that human being is nothing more than merely a breath.

Stop trusting in mere humans, who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem? (Isaiah 2:22 NIV)

So we have to realize that as God’s creation we don’t have put expectation too high on our own power or other people’s power but it should be to God the Father who forms us. We must realize that God ruling above of all and we are just creatures molded by clay and were given the life through His own breath.  We also have to remember that we should not steal the glory of God and let God alone as our potter that always glorified.

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

(1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV)

For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever!

(Romans 11:36 NIV)

Now let’s see the second thing. God commanded Jeremiah went to the potter with a purpose. God wanted to show that every human should to experience a process like clay and a vessel. A lump of clay will not automatically or instantly turn into a beautiful vessel. The point is, we have to really know and understand that every moment which happens in our life is a part of life process and like the process of molding clay into the vessel, we have to go through very long, hard and even painful process. There might be times when we absolutely cannot comprehend what exactly is going on in our lives. Maybe there is time we are in the lowest point of life. We may experience very deep disappointment, grief, hurt, has many unresolved hard problems, lost of jobs, business not running as expected, broken family, and many other life issues. But my dear friends, right now seriously I’m going to tell you that it all is  part of process and don’t ever thinking that God is sleeping or being looked away from us. Truthfully, God is watching over us, He stands beside us; God is at work and pouring His great and perfect loving kindness to us. We are being molded by the potter become a wonderful, perfect, and useful vessel.

Therefore my dear friends, in order to the process going well and could give the perfect result, There are three things we have to do:

First, we should have willingness to be molded. Don’t harden our heart. God said:

“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.

(Hebrews 3:15 NIV)

Before molded, the clay shall be immersed in order to become mushy and malleable. This also applies to our heart.  We have to soften our heart to be easy to molded, flexible, teachable, and willing to be changed. The hardness of our heart is a form of rejection and it will hinder the process of working and God’s plan for our lives. Let’s open our door of heart widely in order God will easily mold us. If God willing to molds us, then we have to willing to be molded.

Then we should not grumble on all unpleasant things that happen in our life. A vessel must undergo combustion process in very high temperature pressure in order become a strong vessel. It is the same with our live. Every unpleasant and painful thing that happens in our life is a process to make us strong and stronger. Be grateful because God always willing to mold us become a wonderful vessel that radiates His glory.

And do not grumble, as some of them did—and were killed by the destroying angel.

(1 Corinthians 10:10 NIV)

Do everything without grumbling or arguing. (Philippians 2:14 NIV)

The last thing is, be patient. Impatience oftentimes becomes a serious problem and impediment during the molding process underway. Don’t fail in the process just because we are not being patient.

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. (Romans 12:12)

Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming… (James 5:7 NIV)

Please always remember that during the process, God always stands beside us.  God will never leave the vessel that being molded into half-finished vessel. He will never leave us alone because He said:

“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5 NIV)

My dear brother and sister in Christ, through this post, I ask all of us to re-ponder on our existence before God. Always remember that we are nothing more than a lump of clay that is totally meaningless if no one takes, use and mold us into something beautiful and useful. We are only useless clay if there is no potter who willing to mold us become a useful vessel. Don’t boast ourselves with the power and capabilities that we have. It’s not merely because ourselves but just because God’s perfect love and power working in our lives.  Surrender all of our life. Let God’s hand works on us; let God process us, cleanse us from the pebbles of ego, vanity, let all bad habits totally scrapped off from us and we become a  clean lump of clay that ready to molded. And finally we will become the best, perfect, and beautiful “Vessel” We become His pride masterpiece and can use by Him to His work and for His glory alone. Amen.

Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.

(2 Timothy 2:21)

Karina – Living by faith

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From the Positive Viewpoint

duck-with-sunrise by Sue nash

My post this evening, once again was inspired by blog of my sister in Christ, Sue Nash. I inspired by her beautiful photos. I always really love every photo on her blog. I don’t know all of you have the same opinion with me or not, but for me, her photos not just beautiful but even there is something special on it. I was remembered with my husband statement about photo. He said that a great photo must have “Soul” and could speak without using any words. Honestly I must admit that I found it all on Sue’s photos. When I see one of her photos, I am contemplating something. She is probably not a professional photographer but she done very well. Well, I know that is not an easy work. Beside find the right angle, trying to get the best exposure, observant in seeing something interesting from their objects, and doing many other photographic techniques,  she also need to know when the right moment to shoot the object so that later on its object will be a special photo. I conclude that the different viewpoints will give the different results. The different moment also will give the different meaning. Often happened an object that looked unappealing will be a very beautiful object if we can see it from a different and appropriate viewpoint.

I pondered deeper. Looking at a photo object is not much different to see and judge to someone. In our daily lives, perhaps we oftentimes see someone from the negative side only. We are so difficult to find and look at the positive side. We are more likely criticized, accusing, insulting or even blasphemous than giving a compliment. Whereas, just as a photo object, they are certainly have good and positive side as well. It all just depends on the viewpoint where we see it. We often forget that whoever they are, they are also God’s creation. We often forget that even though they have flaws, but they also have the advantages. Even we tend to make a distinction wall. Yet in the eyes of God we all are same and precious creation. We all are His Masterpiece.

I was reminded of a passage from the Psalms. At a time, David did contemplation while accompanied by the beautiful sky sprinkled with stars and the moon is shining beautifully. All he saw was a masterpiece of God. But David also knew that all natural beauty it is not more valuable than human. Then David wrote:

what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?  You have made them a little lower than the angelsand crowned them with glory and honor. (Psalm 8:4-5)

David was well aware how precious human beings in the eyes of God. Let’s look at the next verses:

You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.  (Verse 6-8)

Then David closes his writings on this chapter with recognition of the greatness of God:

Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! (Verse 9)

There is an old wise word that I always remember. “Don’t judge the book by its cover” My dear lovely reader, perhaps we often judging someone only from their appearance. We often did not realize and forget behind their appearance they may have something special. We are forgetting that they are also God’s creation. We are created in His own image.

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” (Genesis 1:26)

If man was created so special, is even said to fit the image and likeness of God himself, of course we cannot deny that we are so precious in God’s eyes. If so, is a big mistake if we are always judge people from the negative side only or we are not trying to look someone from the positive viewpoint. Look at how the Lord appointed His chosen people in the whole story of the Bible. From the beginning God pointed His prophets in the Old Testament until the disciples who chosen by Jesus, they are just ordinary people who may not seen or even despised by their society. God did not choose a king, wealthy people, influential and powerful people, or extraordinary smart people, but God more pleased choosing ordinary people who become extraordinary people in His hands. God chose Christians killers, terrorists on that era who later repented and extraordinarily work for God, Fishermen, tax collectors, shepherds, people who have difficulty in speaking, a servant and others. They amazingly can be transformed by God and used by God. This means, people who are worthless in the others’ eyes could become a very valuable people in God’s eyes.  In God’s hands a useless stone could become a priceless jewelry.

My dear lovely friends, what about us?  If we are already having the heart and mind which are not only always focused on the negative things? Whether we are able to always look and judge someone not from a negative point of view but from a positive viewpoint? In his letter to the Philippians, Paul reminds:

Brothers and sisters, continue to think about what is good and worthy of praise. Think about what is true and honorable and right and pure and beautiful and respected. (Philippians 4:8)

This evening I encourage all of you to continue to maintain purity of our heart and learn to look at anyone from a positive viewpoint. Do not look down on other people no matter whoever they are, do not judge or even blaspheme one another. Let us always remember that whoever they are, they certainly have a positive side if we are look at them from the good and right perspective. Like a photo object, although we using the same camera but will give different result. I remembered, Sue had said that the most important is not the type of camera we use, but how we use and utilize it as best as possible so that the camera can produce stunning photos. Once again I concluded that the problem is not on the camera but on how we steered the camera in the good and right perspective. If we already know from which perspective we look at someone, the positive result could be obtained.  We must always keep our hearts and mind that are not accustomed to see everyone from the negative side only. David said in Psalm 24:4-5:

“The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god. They will receive blessing from the Lord and vindication from God their Savior.”

We are so precious in His eyes, then let we are also appreciate one and another, which is very special in God’s eyes. We all are His masterpiece. Amen.

Karina

Photo by Sue Nash, http://heavenlyraindrops.wordpress.com