Some verse references: Genesis 2:7; Isaiah 64:8; Jeremiah 18:1-6, John 12:23-32; Romans 9:20-26; 2 Corinthians 4:7-10; 2 Timothy 2:19-21
From dust comes clay, from clay, a sculpture or pot that will hold water or grain, or even a planted flower that will grow.
From a lump of coal, heat and pressure produces a beautiful diamond.
Gold and silver, refined through fire, produce a precious stone used to produce coins, necklaces, and rings.
Recently, there was a dust storm in Arizona. Beginning like a tsunami high above the cities, then like a deep fog where many things could not be seen. The line of sight was short, and what was ahead was hard to see. But when it was gone, there was the road, there was the trees, the sky, and everything in its place. Once again, it was possible to see ahead. Even after the dust storm was rain in some places.
Isaiah 55:8-13 (NIV) “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the LORD’s renown, for an everlasting sign, that will endure forever.”
Rain washes, cleans, and waters the ground. From the dust of the ground, God formed man- Adam (the first), in His own image, then breathed life into him. Life created from dirt- what seems like nothing, formed to create something, someone, to display the characteristics of God.
Jesus, Himself, the very person of God in the form of a man- manifest to bring God’s love, spoke that for a kernel of wheat to produce many, it must first die. He said this to speak of His own death. He said that when He was lifted up (on the cross), that he would draw all men to himself. Upon Himself, he took our sin, sickness, infirmities, imperfections, that we may also come to God through Him. That through Him, a sinful race might become righteous.
As a potter creates a pot from clay, so God is with us, taking the dirt, forming it, taking us as we are, and shaping us to His likeness- to His desire- for His purpose. Something beautiful from ashes- from dust (there is a good illustration about a potter and clay compared to God and us in “Taking a Forty Day Journey to Freedom” by Rev. Anthony Jeffery).
We may be going through a storm, seemingly having nothing or seeing nothing, but we, His children who have opened our hearts to Him, are in His hand (if you do not know Jesus and would like to know more, please contact me).
He is our Potter, Guide, Provider, and our Healer, who asks us to come as we are. Not improve ourselves first, but as we are.. God is the one who perfects us- who molds us. We cannot change or know everything, but God will make a way where there seems to be now way. Romans 8:28 says that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him.
He will use circumstances, situations, even hurts and mistakes to make us into something beautiful for His glory. He will use us and what we go through to shine His love and greatness to those around. He can use us where were are at, and prepare us for greater things. We don’t need to compare ourselves to others. He makes beautiful things out of the dust. He makes all things new. (see 2 Corinthians 5:17,Revelation 21:1-6,Romans 8:9-11, Ezekiel 36:26-28)
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