Week 16 Friday

On the Wheel

Today’s scripture selection: Jeremiah 17-21

Key verse: Jeremiah 18:6b

“Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand…”

I’ve always liked the image that is presented in Jeremiah’s story of how Israel was like the clay on God’s wheel – He being the master artisan.

It speaks to me of how our lives are fashioned.

Yes, on the one hand – we are graciously given freedom.  We are not robots, doomed to merely act out some pre-conceived notion.

On the other hand – we are not independently spinning around and around – with no chance of being fashioned into something – or someone – God has desired from the beginning.

I like that creative balance in God’s design.

It means that I must take some responsibility for my own choices and life.  But it also means, especially as I willingly turn to let God’s hand form me as He would, I can become something not only useful – but even uniquely beautiful.

So, when you feel like life is “spinning” out of control – take heart.

God hasn’t turned from the wheel.  He has a plan.  And, provided we are willing, He will see it to completion.

And the masterpiece that is formed will be something worth seeing because, as the old saying goes, “God doesn’t make junk.”

Prayer: Lord, mold me and make me, into something beautiful and useful for your kingdom.  AMEN.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. “Elpis” is the Greek word for “expectant hope.” He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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