Playing with Play-Doh
One of the things that I really enjoyed as a kid was playing with Play-Doh. There was just something about the feel of that clay like substance in your hands as you molded it into all kinds of amazing creations. One of the coolest things about Play-Doh is that once you used the substance to create a Play-Doh car or frog or house, all you had to do was mush up the Play-Doh in your hands, re-roll it and you could then begin making some other cool creation. Make a mistake? No problem! Play-Doh is flexible enough that you can rework any mistake into a masterpiece.
You know, over the past few months I’ve been thinking that God must like Play-Doh. He seems to use it all of the time, creating masterpieces out of blobs on unformed clay.
In the Bible, Jeremiah 18:3-6, the prophet shares this story: “So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. The the word of the Lord came to me: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand…”
You know what is one of the amazing things about God? He is the master of do-overs! Our God loves us so much that He constantly takes our mistakes into His hands and works them into masterpieces. That’s what happened when Jesus went to the cross for our sins. That’s what happens everytime we let God put His fingers on the Play-Doh of our lives.
I’ve noticed His re-molding efferts in my life lately, especially in the area of church planting here in Spencerville. God’s dream is that there be a new type of Christian commnunity in our town with the Catacombs ministry to teens at the heart of it. I took the Play-Doh into my hands and things did not turn out the way that neither God or I had envisioned.
Guess what? God is patient. God is kind. God plays with Play-Doh.
God has taken these “mistakes” from the first molding of church planting and turned them all into blessings as He has begun to remold the clay in His hands and coaxing me, who was about willing to pack up my Play-Doh and go home, to stay at it and let Him take the lead in making the masterpiece this time. Right now, I can see His hands at work. The vision is still the same, but the Play-Doh looks different. His hand prints are all over it. Things are falling into place even as they remain beyond my ability and beyond my control. Thank you Jesus!
Yes, Lord, You can do just as the potter did and make any mistake into Your masterpiece. Thank you Jesus! I’m not sure how things will work out, but I’m willing to put my hands in Yours and mold some Play-Doh for Your glory and to bless Your Name. Amen.