Isaiah 63:17 (NLT)
17LORD, why have you allowed us to turn from your path? Why have you given us stubborn hearts so we no longer fear you? Return and help us, for we are your servants and your special possession.
Isaiah 64:5-9 (NLT)
5You welcome those who cheerfully do good, who follow godly ways.
But we are not godly. We are constant sinners, so your anger is heavy on us. How can people like us be saved? 6We are all infected and impure with sin. When we proudly display our righteous deeds, we find they are but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall. And our sins, like the wind, sweep us away. 7Yet no one calls on your name or pleads with you for mercy. Therefore, you have turned away from us and turned us over to our sins.
8And yet, LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We are all formed by your hand. 9Oh, don’t be so angry with us, LORD. Please don’t remember our sins forever. Look at us, we pray, and see that we are all your people.
John 2:6-8 (NLT)
6Six stone waterpots were standing there; they were used for Jewish ceremonial purposes and held twenty to thirty gallons each. 7Jesus told the servants, Fill the jars with water. When the jars had been filled to the brim, 8he said, Dip some out and take it to the master of ceremonies. So they followed his instructions.
How fascinating. I am amazed by God’s little coincidences. As I prepare to lead people through an exercise of community starting with the concepts that we are merely “jars of clay,” I am led to passages today that emphasize that. It is enough to bring tears to my eyes.
Last night, I was putting together songs and audio clips for today’s experience, I played tracks from the first Jars of Clay album. I immersed myself in the music and I realized what a healing time in my life 1995 thru 96 was. The songs spoke to me then as I was going through tremendous change. Listening to the music last night reminded me of the times I used to spend driving, introspecting, praying, and getting recalibrated.
We are nothing but clay with the breath of God within us. Without Him, we are just clay. With Him, we have this treasure. So, that begs the question, why do we ever turn from Him?
I am so excited about what He is doing in my life. For a few weeks I was struggling feeling discouraged, empty, and quite alone. This was a hard place to be I’ve spent a lot of my life there. This week, as I have reconnected with God, I have found peace. Through that peace, I’ve been able to regain the vision and enthusiasm that can only come from Him.
Today is going to be a very creative experience maybe too creative for some. But that’s OK, we are building a foundation of faith, through community, that can only lead to better things. We will be restored into His likeness this is salvation.This is hope! This is what it is all about.
Father, God, Savior here I am. Take me. Use me. Let me be used by you. This is where I find strength. This is where I find hope. This is exactly where I want to be. Don’t let me wander. Don’t let me go where I will be swept away. Forgive me for my stubbornness. Forgive me for being a loser thank you for winning in my life!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!