The Art of The Potter

"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." - Jeremiah 18:3-4 

Recently I was listening an audio tape by John Maxwell on the title "Eleven Keys To Excellence." And one of the keys to excellence is working on minute detail. Excellence will not leave no stones unturned. It's a commitment for job well done.

Michael Angelo is one of the greatest painters of all times. While he was painting his masterpiece "The creation of Adam" on the ceiling of Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, his friend observed Angelo was spending so much time and energy with utmost seriousness on parts of the ceiling where no one could notice. And he asked him, "why so serious painting those images even on those parts of the ceiling?" Michelangelo’s reply to that inquiry was,“God will see.”

The above story might be an elementary glimpse of the workmanship relationship between our creator and us. In the beginning God created us with absolute excellence. All was very good in his eye. Suddenly sin began to corrupt our very nature. We have degenerated and lost our originality and become fake. In consequence our nature desperately sought the potter's touch once again. And despite this process might involve all kinds of pain, God will accomplish it till all impurities are removed from us. What we envision about our selves and what God want us to become are not the same. We may suffer in his hand only because he loved us so much that we will be transformed in the image of his beloved Son Jesus Christ. 

Love surpasses pain. Let's allow God to work in every detail of our lives. Let him break us, mend us and make us good vessels for honorable use, useful to his house, ready for every good work.

Love and blessings

Brehane-meskel Araya