But now, O LORD, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand. – Is. 64:8 NASB
Every believer comes to a moment when we have to choose to place ourselves on the Father’s potter’s wheel. This is that place of full surrender. It’s that place where we get to see all of our ugliness and all of our issues. This is a life long process if we choose to stay there. You see, I believe some people start off here but they jump off the wheel when it gets too hard, they can’t handle it or they want to do things their own way. The moment we choose our own way, we stop the process. Without realizing it, we step off the potter’s wheel and move off the path that the Father has set for us. This is usually when people find everything in life just going all wrong, no matter how hard they try.
You see it can be hard to stay on the Master’s potter’s wheel, but everything He does is with a love that we cannot comprehend. We may not understand the process at times but that is where trust comes in. We have to choose to trust our Father through it all and trust that He sees the final product. He sees what we will become. Picture a piece of clay that is being molded. It is covered by the potter’s hands. Just like that piece of clay, we are covered by the Master’s hands while we are on His potter’s wheel. It is the safest place you can be.
God has a plan for each of us and He also has a specific mold for each of us. The problem is that we will never get to experience this if we aren’t willing to fully surrender to His will above our own. When you give God your total “yes”, you give Him permission to break you down, remove every ugly thing that comes with your flesh and make you over into a beautiful masterpiece. It is here where you find your identity in Him and uniqueness. I can say that this is a hard process, especially at the beginning. It is downright painful. When you allow your Father to expose all the ugliness inside you, it can be hard to take especially if you deal with pride.
Pride is one of the biggest things that keeps people from staying on the potter’s wheel because pride makes it almost impossible to face yourself. Pride will make you believe that you are fine the way you are. The sad thing is that many people live their whole lives believing this lie and never experiencing the full life that God wants them to experience by allowing themselves to be molded and shaped by His loving hands.
We all mess up on this journey. None of us has it all together and no one is perfect which is why we need a perfect Savior. The awesome thing is that no matter where you find yourself there is grace. You can always choose to put yourself back on the Master’s potter’s wheel and He will pick up right where He left off and will complete the work He started in you. He has an awesome plan for each of us, but it is up to us to choose.