Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.
Our granddaughter, Virginia Rose, has never met a challenge she didn't like. Whether it's learning a new game or skill, concocting dance moves, or creating works of art, she definitely thinks outside the proverbial box. And her fertile imagination leads her recently to re-purpose objects, destined for our recycling bin, into useful ones in decorating her reclaimed room here at the house.
A shoe box becomes a treasure chest for her cut-out drawings.
Virginia loves all things space, so I print out this photo she requests as an embellishment.
And who would ever think to transform a discarded Cheerio's box into a trash can?
Or an empty Pringles can into a container for candy?
All these objects sit on top of Virginia's bedroom "table," a large cardboard box; she covers four of the sides with paper, and on each one are written the words: Love, Faith, Hope, Believe. Wow! No, she had no coaching whatsoever from this Gammie!
But Virginia doesn't stop here. Another cereal box becomes an eagle, complete with outspread wings. And a paper towel tube turns into a blushing worm.
Not in my wildest dreams would I ever have converted a Stouffer's Mac and Cheese container into a picture frame, yet here it is!
As I watch Virginia's creations take on new life and usefulness, I'm reminded of how God continually fashions us into the vision He has for each of His beloved children. We are the clay in His capable hands. And in times of trial and trouble, when we may feel like a discarded piece of trash, He can breathe new life into us, and re-purpose us for His glory.
The question then becomes: Do we trust God enough to allow Him to do all the shaping and molding that a full life lived in Him requires? Will we remain faithful and pliant during the process?
The lyrics from a "back in the day" song by The American Breed come to mind; definitely an unconventional prayer, but fitting nonetheless.
Bend me, shape me
Any way you want me,
Long as you love me,
Bend me, shape me
Any way you want me.
You got the power
To turn on the light.