"Life, like this pot, comes to be in places of tension." Who here hasn't had to deal with tension in their life? Who hasn't been formed by it just as a potter forms a beautiful pot? The potter forms his pot with the tension of his hands, both from the inside of the pot and from the outside.
"Both my hands shaped this pot. And, the place where it actually forms is a place of tension between the pressure applied from the outside and the pressure of the hand on the inside. That's the way my life has been. Sadness and death and misfortune and the love of friends and all the things that happened to me that I didn't even choose. All of that influenced my life. But, there are things I believe in about myself, my faith in God and the love of some friends that worked on the inside of me. My life, like this pot, is the result of what happened on the outside and what was going on inside of me. Life, like this pot, comes to be in places of tension." -a modern-day potter
It's these tensions of life that shape us. God uses them to shape us, to form us, to make us a beautiful vessel for His glory.
Tension is a state of being stretched. Today you may be in that place of tension. You may feel you're being stretched to your absolute limit. The pressures of life bearing down from the outside AND the inside, all at the same time. Hold on! Your story is being written. This is only a chapter, not the whole novel. And Your Story Will Mean More to You Tomorrow than it does today.
Sadness, death, misfortune, these things are tools in the Master Potter's hands to make us a useful vessel for Him. For His service. For His glory and for our good.
You may think, "I didn't choose this life." These things that form our very being, they are not chosen by us, but for us. Preordained, according to His plan, to create in us what only they can create.
The voice of the Potter is speaking today. We hear Him in His Word. We hear Him when we are silent, when we are still.
What do you hear the Potter saying to you today?
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