Artist and Potter

“But now, O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And we are the work of your hand.” 
– Isaiah 64:8   

God is an artist and a potter. In this sense, we are His canvas and clay. He shapes us and makes us in His image, for His glory and for His name. As an artist, I can appreciate this personally. There is so much work that goes into creating a beautiful masterpiece: hours, days, weeks, months, years. The more you pour into a piece, the more of your soul that is present. You’ve cried over this piece; you’ve gotten excited over this piece; you’ve flown through every emotion possible in this piece to come out right at the end. A great masterpiece takes thought and work. The process isn’t always pretty. Things happen and go wrong, and we as the artist have to fix it and get the art back on the right track to where we want it to be and to where we are guiding it to be. Mistakes happen, and they are fixed in a way that adds to our appreciation of the final masterpiece because we changed and nurtured it in a way to enhance instead of ruin the artwork.   

Is this not God with us? We accidentally or purposefully sabotage our relationship and walk with God. As an artist, I jump to fix the problems in my art as soon as I recognize them. We run into pitfalls and victories. He uses both for His glory and shapes us in a way that we grow. Our process isn’t always pretty, but He is always ready, willing and eager to put us back on track in His vision for our lives. It isn’t because He needs to “fix” us; we are His and He made us. However, we have put a mark on His masterpiece because of our choices that was never supposed to be there in the first place in His plan for our lives. God is ready to guide us and shape us into the great masterpiece we are meant to be. God loves us. He has poured so much into us that He will lose a piece of His heart if we are lost. It hurts Him, and we are the cause. But… He loves us so much that our pitfall and sinful ugliness isn’t too much to turn Him away. He loves us so much that when we turn back to Him and ask for forgiveness, He is ready to change our hearts and push us more towards His masterpiece for our life. His image. His glory. His name. He is our artist, and we are His masterpiece if only we choose to let Him work on us and pour His Spirit into us so that we may have his heart and his soul power our lives.   

“In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” 
– Philippians 1:4-6