We are the clay, you are the potter;
we are all the work of your hand.”
When I was in High School I took a ceramics class. I remember my first time sitting at the pottery wheel and how hard it was to learn the techniques to not only make the clay stick to the wheel w/out flying off, but to place your fingers in just the right spot to mold the clay into a cylinder as it spins ‘round and ‘round. It’s an awesome feeling to finally bring up a nicely shaped cylinder… the foundation that can then be shaped and formed into whatever you imagine! It’s very delicate though… one slight wrong move and the whole thing gets warped out of shape and you have to start over. The pitcher on the left is my “masterpiece” … my final project for the class that now adorns my mom’s kitchen. She wanted me to make her an old fashion pitcher and basin (although I didn’t get the basin made). And while I’m far from being a “master potter,” I was pretty proud of this pitcher… molded and shaped on the wheel… hand-rolled handle, glazed and baked in the hot kiln.
So are we… like clay in The Potter’s hands. When you are a child of God, you are His masterpiece!
Only God can take our sins and throw them as far as the east is from the west. And when adversity comes, only God “The Potter” can take those imperfections… those things in our past we wish we could undo… the hurts and pain we’ve felt and delt… those things we’ve repented of but we can’t seem to forget and feel shamed of… only He can work them all together for our good. He molds them and melds them together to make us into a beautiful “masterpiece.” Do you see those dark spots on my pitcher left from uneven disbursement of the glaze? I know lots of crafters who love to sponge and distress to get “character” like that. And if you think about it… the adversity we face in life adds character to us. Maybe a “sign of approval” from the The Master Potter? ☺
The challenge over at Stampin’ Sisters in Christ this week is hosted by my lovely “sister” Diane. She is challenging us to use PUNCHES – DIES – OR SHAPES on our cards!
The digi stamp I used came from the colored version of the set Bushel and a Peck… perfect for quick and easy crafting… 4 lovely bushels of goodness for variety this Fall.
It also comes in outline versions for you to color
And last but not least… is the “Fall is in the Air Sentiment Set”
Hop on over to our challenge blog to read Diane’s excellent devotional and enter our challenge! We also have a “mystery sponsor” who is offering a Grab Bag o’ stamps to one random player… it could be YOU! And 3 players will be chosen as our Shining Stars and showcased on our blog *Ü*