The Potter and the Clay

When you look in the mirror what do you see? Well, I will tell you what God sees: His beautiful creation.

Oftentimes, as I immerse myself into self-reflection I find myself wondering: Why did God create me this way?

Those who know me well might say that I am quiet, pensive and quirky. Yet, at other times, I ramble off on many tangents, am bold and passionate, and sometimes witty. I enjoy being outdoors and also love to read and write. And I don’t apologize for any of this, because this is who God created me to be. I am especially grateful to know that the Lord knows me by name. (Isaiah 43:1, Exodus 33:17)

Of course, I have many flaws but part of the Christian journey is allowing God to mould and refine me into who He wants me to be; the final product being a splitting image of His Son.

In Psalm 139, the psalmist says: “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”

The prolific Christian writer, Max Lucado echoes this sentiment: “You weren’t an accident. You weren’t mass produced. You aren’t an assembly-line product. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on the Earth by the Master Craftsman.”

We were made in the likeness of God. (Genesis 1:27) Knowing this is essential to our understanding of our true purpose. When we begin to question our purpose and self-worth, we are in essence questioning our Creator! Isaiah 45:9 says: “Woe unto you that striveth with His Maker! … Shall the clay say unto him that fashioneth it, What makest thou?” And in Romans 9:20-21, the Bible says: “…what art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it? Why hast thou made me thus? Hast not the potter power over the clay…?”

In Isaiah 43:7, the Lord makes it abundantly clear what He made us for: “I have created you for my glory”.  If we don’t understand this precious truth for ourselves, we will inevitably experience feelings of sadness, disappointment and confusion. We have to base our self-worth on what Christ thinks of us. When our worth is reliant on conditional things, like what our friends think of us or on the new job or car, when circumstances change so will who we consider ourselves to be.

Are you confused about what direction to go in? The Potter knows what He created the clay for. When you choose to follow the Lord’s leading for your life, you will find yourself at peace. If God created you to be a musician, then becoming a bank teller would not be in your best interests.

So what is your God-given purpose? Why has the Lord called you into existence? The very fact that your heart is beating at this second means that you are alive for a reason. If you know what it is, then that is wonderful! If not, ask the Lord to reveal it to you. Regardless of what stage of life you are in now, remember that God is busy orchestrating something grand, despite what your situation may look like. After all, He doesn’t make mistakes.

Have a purpose-filled life!


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Alexandra Chelse
Alexandra Chelse

Alexandra Chelse is the founder and lead storyteller of Speak The Words Communications. As a child, she could always be found with a book. Now as a young adult, her love for storytelling has only deepened. She is a diversity issues blogger, mental health advocate, visionary, and woman of faith. Aside from writing, she also facilitates storytelling workshops for children, youth and adults in the community. She is seeking daily to be transformed by God's grace.

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