One week. That is how long I have left in Slovenia before I start making my way back to the States. This summer has gone by way too fast. But it has been so so so good. I always like the last couple days or moments of adventures like this. It is an amazing time of reflection and I think I may have started a bit early on reflecting for the summer, which I don’t think is a bad thing.
I have always enjoyed change. Change in scenery, a change of clothes, anything that can change, I enjoy it. It is something different. But God has really been at work in my heart in the mindset of transformation instead of change. I think that is a key word difference.
Transformation is the taking of what exists already and completely adjusting, amending, and redirecting the purpose. Kid of like change, except change really does away with what did exist. It has that mindset that what it was before doesn’t really matter anymore.
I feel that God is truly transforming my heart. Redirecting the purpose that I had believed for myself for so long. Which is pretty awesome. A change of plans…a transformation of plans.
In the last year I have really felt that I have leaned into this but as I’m reflecting on the summer I have started to see that I have resisted, at times in my life, the transformation of my heart. In these moments I have noticed that I have just prolonged the path of which God has eventually guided me on.
I think this is when I see this image of the potter and his clay in the book of Jeremiah.
“So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do.
Then the word of the Lord came to me. ‘O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the Lord. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so you are in my hand,”
Jeremiah 18:3-6, ESV
There is something quite tangible in being molded by a potter. I believe that God molds us like this, reworking us to shape us into a vessel that is good. Reworking us. Sometimes that means starting over.
Starting over from the beginning. Taking what is already made and baptizing with the Holy Spirit. Using the Holy Spirit and reshaping the vessel.
I wish to be like this. To be moldable by God. Transforming what I am into what He is shaping me to be. So that God the Father would raise me up in order that I may walk next to Jesus the Son, my best friend, to be guided by the Holy Spirit, the Wonderful Counselor.
I’ve got all I need in God. I just need to breathe in the freedom of being reworked until the Potter is pleased with how he is making me. That takes a posture of open arms to God.
“Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,”
Hebrews 6:1, ESV
Leaning into maturity and taking off the habits of dead works without faith. Leaning into transformation, giving God full control of redirecting my path and redeeming my past.
Actively repenting and believing that God is above. The Potter that perfects His craftsmanship.
And that is pretty cool.
Prayers for an amazing final week. Prayers for some moldable moments.