I passionately love every one of my vessels. Each one is a piece of beautiful art, designed before the foundation of the world and fashioned by My loving hands. I knew you in the womb. We spoke about what you would do in your life while you were there. I knew you. You knew me. I molded your calling and your passion into you. You are my daughter. You are my favorite and I love you.
You were fearfully and wonderfully made. — Please don’t forget that.
1. The Mirror — question about 5 things you see. What you see in the mirror is not how God sees you. Some of us have dropped our mirrors so many times, there are cracks in it. Splintered glass. Many of us have experienced so much pain in our lives, physically, emotionally, mentally…We begin to put cover-up on — to hide the imperfections. We take medicine to mask it, we crawl inside of ourselves to hide. It changes how we see ourselves in the mirror. If only you could see you through the eyes of God.
2. Once we say, yes, Lord — make us new. Help us see you the way you see us…then the process begins. The seasons begin…
3. Life and brokenness. What the world brings. What our decisions bring. What happens when the ones who love us hurt us. There are many ways in which brokenness happens.
We can’t let that define us – Miss Bobbie – “I have cancer, but cancer doesn’t have me.”
To be completely broken is where God wants us, so that we can be made new.
Psalm 51:17 – “Going through the motions doesn’t please you. A flawless performance is nothing to you.”
“I learned God worship when my pride was shattered. Heart shattered lives ready for love don’t for a moment escape God’s notice.” – A Broken/Contrite heart.
How many of you have cried out, “Lord, I want to be completely broken for You! Completely made new.” Be careful what you wish for!
4. I want to introduce you tonight to the Master Potter. When a Potter begins the process of creating a new piece, he begins with clay, but how is clay formed? Did you know that clay is made from minerals, plant life, and animals—all the ingredients of soil. Things that have decomposed over time…
When we are broken, laying in the Potters Field — pieces of us are loving picked up by our Lord and gently taken to the Potters table. Segued…God has the ability to take all of the broken pieces and make a beautiful mosaic. Darren Tyler
The pieces of a mosaic are not all pretty. Some of them look like they don’t even make sense, like the bottom of a tree or half of an eyeball. But when you put all the ‘non-pretty’ pieces together, they make a thing of beauty. Just like our life!
Psalm 40:2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
5. We are so happy that God is finally looking at us and going to remold us, make us new…then the hammering begins. We are pulverized into tiny pieces – into dust. This is done to clean out all the imperfections, the weeds, the dirt.
Job 10:9 – Remember now, that You have made me as clay; And would You turn me into dust again? Many of us have experienced so much pain. Divorce, death, loss of friends, sickness, financial difficulties, bullies, unloved, etc. You can fill in the blank _______. Sometimes it is pain that we cause to ourselves.
QUOTE: Don’t cling to a mistake, just because you spent a long time make it.
Kristy Ensor did a series called Broken Jesus Girl — I remember during that time God told me to ‘stop talking down to his daughter’. How many of you speak down to his daughter? — I have 3 daughters. I know, firsthand how hard it is to keep that self-image up!
Ok…so for those of us that think it’s too late. That we made poor decisions…that there is absolutely no way that God can remake us…We had our chance. Let’s think about The Israelites messed up too. They repeatedly ignored God’s warnings and failed to follow the rules he set for them. Finally, God punished his people by sending them into exile in Babylon. Yet even in his discipline, God provided a note of hope: Although the temple was destroyed, it would be rebuilt. Although they were in exile, God’s people would again live in the promised land. Despite their disobedience, they would receive another chance to do things right. — They were in the Potters Hands!!!
Even thought this process hurts and it seems at times that God is not there…Not for a MOMENT did He ever forsake you or leave you. As a matter of fact, He is with us the entire way!
6. So the Process continues…we are in the Potters Hand. He lovingly pours living water over us. It feels so good…refreshing, we have hope!!! We begin to feel that this time in our life is over…whew, now we can live without any more pain. We can relax. Isn’t it crazy that when life is good, we begin to become more lackadaisical in reaching out to God? — When we are Stopped and on our back, we look up – we remember – we cry out…but when we are in motion, enjoying life…we forget…life takes over. First of the Year — Everyone wants a new start! – How long does it last? Maybe that’s why this process doesn’t last very long.
But our Father loves us…He wants us to love Him back…
7. Then the molding begins…We feel it. We know something is changing in the wind. Some of us call it a ‘sixth sense’ — but it is the Holy Spirit, alerting us…letting us know that it’s time to stop, drop and pray. Molding hurts. The PIZZA shop guy. The Potter begins forming the piece. It is beginning to take shape.
Do you know the clay never tells the Potter what to do. It allows the Potter to create.
8. Time for the piece to dry — The Potter puts it on the shelf. Another season begins. Four Seasons. You ever notice that when a new season begins, there is a part of us that waits for it, different things occur.
Then there are those in the North that have long winters…just like that piece on the shelf, we feel forgotten…Seriously Lord, have you heard ANYTHING I’ve been praying about? I don’t hear you answering. You are silent. We talk and talk and whine and talk and whine. SILENT. LISTEN.
ACTS —Adoration/Confession/Thanksgiving/So What’s Next Lord – It’s a practice that makes it all about God — Not about us.
9. Then we hear the footsteps…finally!!!!!!!!!!! You have heard, Mr. Potter Man. I am sick and tired of being on this shelf. I have been waiting forever to have that perfect job, that perfect husband, that perfect house, that perfect checking account, no more bills, no more sickness, no more pain…no more. I’m ready to have PERFECT all the time.
Then the doors to the OVEN open, you feel the heat turns up and the firing begins. A vessel needs to be put into the fire so that it will become strong. Perfection doesn’t come without a price. It’s not comfortable to be in this place…just like losing weight, it takes persistence – No Pain, No Gain…
10. But it was all worth it — Dang we look good!!! There is a season that now arrives that we can look at everything and say uhhh, huh…We begin to look back at our life and see that all the steps were worth it, the good the bad and the ugly. God has made us. He loves us. He created us. He is continuing to teach us. We want to keep learning. We want to join that bible study. We want to Dave Ramsey it and get out of debt. We have another chance to make things right. We are praising God for that sweet child that was born. For that new job that our husband got. Our children are growing into lovable human beings that we WANT to spend time with again and we are loving life again.
Three People in our Life. Important people to help you sort through all the season and to deal with them while you are in them. Paul, Timothy, Barnabas.
11. We fill ourselves up to pour out, but alas…have we talked to the Lord lately. Because it seems like there is something wrong with the vessel. The water is not staying in…It’s time for the glazing. Yet, another season. When the Potter creates, the vessel needs glazed so that nothing will ever leak out. Now you have been through SO MUCH in this process. So many seasons, so you want this part done right. The world does it this way. “I have to admit, glazing is not my favorite part of the ceramic process. It’s probably because of its potential to make or break a good pot (and believe me, I have “broken” quite a few with poor glaze application). I tend to be a bit of a sloppy glazer and I sometimes rush through it a little more quickly than I should.” But God loves you so much that he takes his time, lovingly, easing into it, getting in all the right corners, all the nooks and crannies.
12. Then there is the final step. Yes, ladies — one more FIRING. But it’s ok now, you know what it will feel like, you know that it is ‘a temporary inconvenience for a permanent improvement’. You are up for the pain. You don’t feel alone. You know God is with you. As a matter of fact, if you look right there in the oven, he has been with you the entire time!!!!!!!! His tears have joined your tears, your pain has been His pain. The LOVE of a Father for His daughter. You were never ever alone. Even in those times when you thought you were, look back…there He was.
13. He walks with you out of that final firing and behold, you are beautiful, a vessel that you both know. A piece that God can use for His glory — to show off, to brag about, to be proud of…
14. Look at these lovely pieces. –
He loves us! We are His daughters. We are His creation. He smiles at us, with us, dances with us, loves on us!!
You are smart!
You are beautiful!
You are enough!
You are complete!
You are worthy!
You are strong!
Your are His!
You are Cinderella!
You are His Princess!
Psalm 139:14-16 The Message (MSG)Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day.
God wastes NOTHING!!! Using everything, all things for His glory and we need to be THANKFUL in ALL things. Even all of the things that are hard to be thankful for! 1 Thess, 5:18
Look at these lovely pieces…
A platter – for those that are called to feed His word to the masses.
A pitcher – to pour out and serve His children with love and caring. Feeding the hungry. Clothing the poor. Giving water to the thirsty.
A teacup – to join with the lonely and hug on them. to listen to their hurts and pain and to encourage them. to be that one on one kind of person.
A bowl — for those to pray for families to stay together. To pray for this generation. To pray for those who don’t know our Master Potter to know him.
A sugar bowl – for those called to spread laughter and joy. Those that are called to sing and bring a sweet presence to the Lord.
A creamer – those that are called to take care of the children. Help them to grow strong and wise in God’s word.
A plate – those that are called to teach. To study God’s word and be teachers who teach teachers to teach!
A salt and pepper shaker – called to sprinkle the world with God’s word through missions.
Some are small, some are large, some are misshapen. All have a purpose. So like God – the creator who made the snowflakes and fingerprints all unique! Some are small, some are large, some have funny shapes to them, some are unique shapes, but our Father has a plan for every single one! Thank you, Good good Father!
Love, your re-molded piece of Pottery, Sue:)