A student was told by his teacher, “Make the most ugliest form you can ever think of.” The student scoffed and thought, “That’s easy. I can do it.” In a flash, he cut out scraps of cardboards and glued them together, creating a model that looked like it came from the rubbish bin. “Done.”
“Good, now I want you to take away some parts. Change it to make it more beautiful,” was the teacher’s reply. The student immediately broke off some pieces and added some new parts.
“Here its done,” came his reply.
The teacher shook his head and said, “No, I want you to make it EVEN better.”
The student returned to his desk and worked on it, this time presenting it to the teacher with much confidence that the model looked better than the previous time.
“No, I want you to make it EVEN better,” was the teacher’s response.
This went on for three more times. The student grew more and more discouraged, dejected that his teacher kept on making him change. Wrecking his brains to redo the model, the student gave his last shot and presented it to his teacher.
At this moment, the teacher smiled and said, “Remember how your first form looked like?” The student nodded in agreement. “Your model has changed to become more beautiful than the original.”
This was something my tutor told me a month back. It does reminds me how God is shaping our lives, the things that we think are ugly or aren’t good enough, He moulds us into something that is more beautiful than the original. Just like the idea of a potter with a clay, God being the potter and we are like the clay. (Isaiah 64:8) The potter shapes the clay in a fashion that deems right for its purpose and use, be it used to contain oil, water or condiments. Finally, the clay has to be harden before it can be used. And likewise, we have to enter the test of fire, to be strengthen. Be like the clay, may you stand for this generation to see your purpose that God has called you to be.
On another note, this is will be my last post for now before I return from my blogging hiatus. It is in a bid to concentrate on my dissertation. Things are not looking good and I really need lots of prayer and wisdom to pull through this time. Appreciate lots of prayers and encouragement.
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Be God’s clay