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Do you mean to tell me that this isn't over yet? I and my potter have been here in this little shop since the wee hours of the morning. The only thing I've enjoyed so far is how He placed me on the table and began to knead me as though I were an extraordinary piece of dough. He rubbed me and turned me upside down, and then He rubbed my back-side too. How sweet!
But it is now getting really late and the Potter still isn't done.
"Lay very still, don't be anxious. I am not yet done with you."
"But Potter, why? I think I look okay."
"I know you do, but I need to finish up your left side to make you "more than just ok.""
"Can I get a tattoo there?"
"A tattoo is not the best option, little Clay."
"But Potter...I've seen other vessels with the same tattoo."
"I will give you something more worthy than a tattoo."
I fell silent for a few seconds, then I told Him that He knew best (even if I wasn't really feeling His agenda). How sure was He that His master-plan was any better than my tattoo idea?
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Last night a reader said in an email,
"I want reassurance that His desires are better than mine. Even as I try to be more like Jesus, I don't want an assignment such as He had, it was a difficult one and He suffered. Which part in God's Word does He say that our lives on earth will bring joy not suffering?"
I told her that even though I didn't have all the answers, I am very confident God does.
5 Reasons Why You Should be Reassured that God Desires Better Things for You than You Desire for Yourself:
The Potter's Exhibition has a Reputation:
Isaiah 64:8, "But now, O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You our Potter; and all we are the work of Your hand." Jeremiah 18:4, "And the vessel that He made of clay was marred in the hand of the Potter; so He made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the Potter to make." (Imagine you had a project that was your "baby," you would think of the best ways to present it to the world. The project does not know the best way to present itself...but you do. And you have a reputation to protect).
He Placed You in the Womb:
Psalm 139: 13, 16: "You formed my inward parts, You covered me in my mother's womb. Your eyes saw my substance being yet unformed, and in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them." (Imagine you are an iPad creator for instance, you place the iPad in the box and ship it to its first destination. You hope that the recipient would use the manual properly and adhere to every instruction on the manual).
His Master Plan for You is Good:
Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." (God's plans are good, His intentions are not for you to suffer).
Babies Have Limited Knowledge:
1 Corinthians 13: 11-12, "When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man I put away childish things. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known." (this verse tells us that initially we will not understand, but as we mature in Christ we will begin to see ourselves the way God sees us. The initial stage will require that we completely trust our daddy to do the right thing).
We Have Unbeatable Army Gear:
2 Corinthians 10:4, "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds." (this is the part where I admit that everything will not be rosy. Yes, Jesus had such a difficult assignment filled with suffering. They spat on His face and rejected Him, just like they did to the prophets before Him. And just because the world has ungodly agents, these same sufferings and rejections WILL come. But you know the good thing? You will not get blown away by sufferings because God in His awesomeness has already provided the ARMY GEAR, so that when the arrows fly towards your direction they will only bounce back).
Question for the day: "How do you know that God's desires are way better than your own desires?" I (and this reader) will love to read your comments. Thank you.