🌸 Hello and happy Friday! Today I’m excited to introduce you to my sweet friend ELISA PULLIAM who is sharing both a guest post and a GIVEAWAY of her brand new devotional book, UNBLINDED FAITH.
I appreciate many things about Elisa, but one key quality is that she’s a Bible girl. Dedicated to the Word. Not afraid to go deep and be vulnerable. Her new devotional book is described this way:
Unblinded Faith invites you to take a holy pause and experience a fresh encounter with God and His Word. This 90-day devotional is filled with thoughtful application of Scripture to help you see God personally and know His love for you.
It is possible to take God at His Word. It is possible to embrace His promises, even when your circumstances challenge your faith. You can experience the fullness of God’s love, kindness, grace, mercy, and wisdom—no matter where you find yourself today. If you crave unshakable hope, it’s time to embrace unblinded faith!
Now, grab a fresh mug of coffee and enjoy this excerpt taken from Unblinded Faith, and be sure to LEAVE A COMMENT to enter to win a copy of the book!
The Potter’s Hands
Do you ever wonder about what God was up to when He was busy creating you? Do you find yourself questioning whether He messed up?
In my early twenties, I had the opportunity to take a pottery class with my friend at the local university. After a semester of practice, we thought we knew enough to set out on our own and worked out a deal to use the studio on campus to perfect our craft in exchange for supervising student use of the space. For weeks upon weeks, we showed up, determined to become accomplished potters. Alas, the progression never came.
To create a beautiful clay vessel, you have to start with the right kind of clay. Kind of like how we are all different within the body of Christ and not meant for the same purpose.
Next, you get rid of all the air bubbles in the clay by repeatedly throwing it down on solid surface before slamming it onto the wheel, making sure you get good suction. A bit like the sanctification process we go through to become more like Christ.
Sitting in the proper—and most uncomfortable—leaned-over position, you bear your weight onto the clay to center it. How often does God allow uncomfortable, stretching, pressure-filled life experiences to transform us into His perfect vessel?
Finally, you pull and push against the clay to create the shape you had in mind. Ah, more sanctification leading to transformation.
When it’s the shape you desire, you cut it from the wheel with a wire and let it dry before moving on to the next stages of carving the foot and glazing before firing in the kiln. Sanctification continues.
Want to know what all my efforts effort resulted in?
My masterpiece—an itsy bitsy bowl fit for holding a tea light candle.
I took pride in that little vessel simply because I made it. Imagine how I would feel if that little pot took offense at my effort! But isn’t that what we do, as we read in Isaiah 45:9, “What sorrow awaits those who argue with their Creator. Does a clay pot argue with its maker? Does the clay dispute with the one who shapes it, saying, “Stop, you’re doing it wrong!” Does the pot exclaim, “How clumsy can you be?”
Imagine how the Master Potter treasures us, His masterpieces, because He’s skillfully and purposefully shaped us into His vessels.
We all look different.
We all fulfill a unique need.
Yet we’re all made through a similar process. He knows where to push and pull on our hearts to make us into the vessels He had in mind before we took our first breath. He knows the glaze that best suits us as well as the firing temperature that won’t cause us to implode in the kiln. Yes, God is the Master Potter who knows what He’s doing with His clay.
God, I choose to believe You are my Creator and knew what You were doing when You made me. Thank You for being the Master Potter who shaped me into a unique and precious vessel. Lord, forgive me for doubting Your design. Open my eyes to see the ways You’re working in me to refine me and accomplish Your purpose in my life for Your glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.
How is God leading you to embrace His work as the Master Potter, who carefully formed you and shaped your life?