Thursday, February 21 2019
As far as I know, long before beginning a clay project, the potter already has in his mind and in his heart a definite idea and a clear image of what he wants to create: a bowl, a pot, a plate, a vase, a candleholder – this high and this wide – with or without spouts and handles – simple or elaborate. He has his creation thoroughly visualized and thought through: how he wants it to look, and what he wants to use it for.
And that is how our heavenly Potter is with us, His clay creation: “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
Dear friend: do you know that God thinks about you? do you know that He watches over you, and knows your ways? can you begin to understand what it means that the sovereign and all-powerful God of heaven has plans to prosper and not to harm your life, so that you might have hope and a good future?
In fact, He is not only thinking of you now, in this moment, in the present. He thought of you even before you were conceived and formed in your mother’s womb: “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them!” (Psalm 139:13-17)
Dear friend: think about it! God has great and precious thoughts towards you – you, as His creation, are fearfully and wonderfully made – even though to the human eye you were formed in a secret place, God saw your unformed body and your inmost being – and even before you were created, He had written in His book all about you. Isn’t that amazing! Doesn’t this truth make you want to praise Him?
The apostle Paul said it this way in the Epistle to the Ephesians: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (2:10) “We are God’s handiwork” – but not just any “handiwork”: the Greek word is “poiema”, and means a work of art or a masterpiece; from this word comes the word “poem” in English. That is to say, each one of us is a work of art created by God with deliberation and interest, with a plan and with a design, with a purpose and with beauty.
Dear friend: can you believe it? Just as you are, you are a “poiema” created by God, a masterpiece that He thought of and designed – first in His mind and heart, and then from the dust of the ground – so that you might be the person that you are. You are not an error or a mistake; you are not an accident or a mishap; you are not an inconvenience; you are not a problem. You are the “poiema” that God had dreamt and desired before you were even formed – the “poiema” that He, as the heavenly Potter, then created so that you might live in well-being and peace and hope, and so that you might do the good works that He prepared beforehand with exactly you in mind.
“Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the Lord.” (Psalm 102:18)
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