“We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” Isaiah 64:8
It is almost too obvious to say that the pandemic and its consequences have dramatically shaped and formed us and our lives in ways we would have never imagined. That shaping and forming can been seen in the many physical and external lifestyle changes we have experienced over the last half year. But equally obvious is the reality that we have been remolded internally. We have had to reprocess and reconfigure dreams, thoughts and emotions. As people we have been reshaped in unanticipated ways.
The prophet Isaiah speaks positively about the process of being shaped and formed. Certainly, some shaping may have negative consequences but much depends on the turn of the heart. The prophet’s alternative perspective models an openness and flexibility to the shaping God gives. There is a pliability of the heart that reckons with what our loving God is doing as he carefully molds us into the work of his hand.
In the book of Galatians, the Apostle Paul reminds people of the powerful, mysterious, unexplainable, miraculous but real truth that “Christ is being formed in you.” (4:19) As we endure both times of joy and times of challenge, let us be mindful of what and how we are being shaped. Let us develop hearts open to God’s shaping and molding. Let us make room for the ways and the mind of Jesus Christ who is being formed in us.
PRAYER ENCOURAGEMENT: Dear God, melt us, mold us, fill us, use us. Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on us. In the name of Jesus. AMEN.
Through this link listen and watch Isaiah 64:8 illustrated, using the song “Beautiful Things” by ‘Gungor’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvQxsVM9Y0s