This line has been in my blog ideas folder for a while now and I can’t remember where it came from or what I was planning to do with it.
We got every bit of bendable, foldable, malleable, moldable material into me.
As I got to thinking about it and talked with a few people about what they thought it might mean, it seems like it’s the idea of a circle, of clay on the potter’s wheel. And I remembered we are molded in the image of God. We are made and remade to shape us to be more Christ-like. God is the Potter and we are the clay. We are made and molded in His image. Watching a potter at the wheel is mesmerizing as the clay spins it seems to magically take the shape in the mind of the potter/creator.
I remember hearing in science class that we are made of the elements of the earth. Genesis 2:7 says, “Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”
Jeremiah 18:1-10 talks about the potter’s wheel.
The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do. Then the word of the Lord came to me: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the Lord. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. If at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom, that I will pluck up and break down and destroy it, and if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I intended to do to it. And if at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will build and plant it, and if it does evil in my sight, not listening to my voice, then I will relent of the good that I had intended to do to it.
Once the clay piece is in the right shape, it won’t stay that way unless it is fired in the heat of the furnace. Here’s an outline of these verses.
- God is the Potter (v. 6)
- We are the Clay (v. 6)
- Life is the wheel, the place we are tested and tried
- Disobedience is the marring (v.4)
- Trials of life are the furnace. Here are a couple examples of the “firing” of people in the Bible
- Job – furnace of pain; he did well
- Peter – furnace of persecution; he did well
- Solomon – furnace of worldly pleasures; he kind of did okay
Am I in fact bendable, foldable, malleable and moldable as God works in me to create me into the person He has in mind for me in His service? To be honest; some days I am and some days I need to do better and allow Him to do more shaping of me.
How about you? Are you bendable, foldable, malleable, and moldable for God to shape you? OR are you a stiff stick that might break in a wind? Be moldable.