“Can I not, O house of Israel, deal with you as this potter does? Declares the Lord. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel.” (Jeremiah 18:6)
As I sat one morning on the subway, bleary eyed and tired after a long, restless night, trying to read a book, I could hardly concentrate on what I was reading. I closed the book and did one of my favorite things when riding the New York City subway; I love to observe the people who ride the subway. The subway is the greatest equalizer in the world. It doesn’t matter what our station in life may be, when we are on the subway, we are all equals, and we are all trying to get to our destination.
As I traveled, I noticed this young lady with a pair of knitting needles and yarn in her hands. She was just starting to knit a pattern, but before she started she looked at the instructions from a written piece of paper. As she began to knit, she brought the yarn around the needle two or three times, then stopping and consulting the pattern. I did not see the pattern or what the finished product looked like, but as I looked at the item she was knitting it did not look like something that I would care to wear.
Somehow, though I knew that eventually whatever she was making was going to be beautiful. How did I know it was going to be beautiful? I knew because of the skill in the knitter’s hands. As I watched her fingers and hands weave the yarn over the needle and the care she took with every stitch, I came to one conclusion: this was a skillful knitter.
Like the garment the young woman was knitting on the train, so is your life in God’s hands. Right now your life may appear to be a total disaster, but let me reassure you that God has a pattern or plan for your life. He has the ability and power to finish the good work He started in your life. As the text said, we are “clay in the potter’s hand”; God is the potter, we are the clay. You just need to trust in the Lord.
God knows the outcome of your life. Yes, you do have a future and a hope. Trust God to finish His work in your life. Look in the mirror and tell yourself “I am a work in progress; God is not finished with me”. He told the prophet Jeremiah, “For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” (Jer. 29:11)
There is hope for you. God has a plan for your life; just put your life in the Master’s hand. God will stabilize you and turn your life that is in disarray into a life of harmony.
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