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In an earlier post, I mentioned a piece of pottery that I loved. Well, I have another piece that I wanted to mention. While visiting Ozark Folk Center state park in Mountain View, AR., they also had a pottery shop with a potter demonstrating how to make pottery.I purchased a regular 9 inch Pottery Pie Plate that I am enjoying. Check out the Buttermilk Pie recipe that I made in my new piece of pottery. It too, like my larger pottery pie plate, cooks with even heat. I am sure that is why people have been cooking with pottery for hundreds of years.
Cooking with pottery reminds me of how things that life throws at us everyday God uses to mold us into the person that He wants us to become. We are all a work in progress just like when the potter is working on a piece of pottery. God is our potter and we are His clay. When a potter finishes with his artwork, it is useful and beautiful. Everyday we should spend time with God especially during our struggles, allow Him time to work on us. As parents, it is our responsibility to teach our children about God. Deuteronomy 6:6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
So, the next time you see a potter working on clay or you are just cooking with a piece of pottery, take the time to talk to your children about how we are like clay in God’s hands. The following Bible verses will be helpful:
“Woe to those who quarrel with their Maker, those who are nothing but potsherds among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?’ Does your work say, ‘The potter has no hands’?”
This verse reminds me that we should not question what God is doing in my life.
“But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.”
God knows what is the best ways to shape us. We cannot see the future nor can we know the reasons why we are going through things but God does.
“Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.
When I think of God’s work in us, I think of how he uses the fruits of the Spirit.”
Galatians 5:22-23 New International Version (NIV)
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”