When you hear the word “thrown” what is your first thought?
My first thought is,” it’s what happens to laundry at my house or what I see done to a ball as I sit expectantly watching from the bleachers of middle and high school sporting event very frequently”.
What if I were to tell you that as children of the Most High God we are “thrown” daily?
You may think,“Wow!, I have to agree”, because life has thrown me to and fro and hurled blobs of trouble while I duck to take cover, like one would do during a horrendous cafeteria food fight.
Well, that is definitely one way to describe it, however let’s look at Isaiah 64:8, which tells us, “But now, O LORD, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand”.
The prophet Isaiah humbly states that as our Father’s people, we are mere lifeless lumps of mineral, dirt, and water, and if any form or shape is made, it is only by the work of his hand.
When a potter “throws”clay, he takes the formless mix, places it upon a wheel, and begins to fashion it into its destined design with his hands.
As we surrender our hearts and lives to the Most High God, we are saying, “YES”, which allows him shape us into a masterpiece that will reflect and show the image of him through his son Jesus Christ, which is one of purpose, meaning, love, mercy, and so on….
There are times, when the potter is working a piece of clay and it isn’t turning out as desired. He,then, takes it down, only to start over and rework it.
In our lives, we may have felt the humbling squashing of our fleshly desires and the sting of remaining on the wheel. We mustn’t despair, though, it’s through the do overs and constant reshaping that we become a beautiful display of our Savior.
As troubles are thrown, we need to remember who is “throwing” us, as Romans 8:28-29 (ESV) states, 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,for those who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
He has a plan and purpose for us,through it all, we are mere clay in the hands of a competent, faithful, and loving Heavenly Father who can be trusted to construct us into a magnificent display of his love.