Have Thine Own Way, Lord

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"But now, Lord, you are our father. We are the clay, and you are our potter. All of us are the work of your hand." - Isaiah 64:8

Have you ever worked with clay and a pottery wheel? I have. In fact, I took a class my middler year in seminary, called "Spirituality of the Arts," which included creating paraments, vestments, stained glass, banners, and pottery items for worship. Being fairly artistic, I did well in the class, that is until we were working on pottery. I found out quickly that it wasn't my best medium to work with. But, I was bound and determined to do as well as possible. I was hopeful that with a little practice, I would be throwing chalices and bowls; however, all I made were lopsided cups and bowls.

You see, there is a lot of patience that goes into making an amazing piece. Sometimes you get hard clay that doesn’t want to form. As the clay turns on the wheel, the potter’s small movements can make major dents in the bowl.

That is why I love this image of God being a potter. God holds us and forms us through all the experiences and relationships of our lives to make us the person that God calls us to be. These are all slow, small changes that we have to be open to also. We have to be moldable clay.

This reminds me of a favorite hymn, "Have Thine Own Way, Lord":
"Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way!
Thou art the potter, I am the clay.
Mold me and make me after thy will,
while I am waiting, yielded and still."
- Adelaide A. Pollard, George C. Stebbins

Lord, thank you for molding me. Help me to be open to new experiences and new relationships. Amen
Nov 27 2018