As many of you know, I spent the last week in Mars Hill with Heather, Hannah, Gene, Jan, Sue and my Dad on the mission trip. At my site, we were repairing the floors of a trailer that had a busted water pipe soaking the floors. You literally could not walk in a couple of rooms without falling through the floor. We had to first pull up the carpet and the old floor. We then cleaned off the joists and then got sheets of wood (OSB) to lay down as the new floor.
Todd, the pastor from Shadyside Presbyterian, and I talked several times during the week. At one point, he shared one of his favorite things about the week. We buy sheets of wood and they aren’t anything but raw materials. It’s not until we measure the wood, cut it (sometimes more than once), and put it in place that they are able to serve the purpose we bought it for. Until then it is just raw material, it does not have a specific purpose.
We are like that wood. We are full of potential, but we are nothing but raw material until God shapes us for our purpose. God shapes us and molds us. Sometimes we can feel God working, but most times we are completely unaware. Often times, we don’t see God’s hand until after the fact.
This should be a comfort to us. The Creator of the seas and skies and everything we can and can’t see has a purpose for us! Like the sheets of OSB that are now someone’s floor, like the 2 x 4s at a different site that are now someone’s steps, we have a purpose! God is working in our lives through the Holy Spirit, shaping us and preparing us for this reason.
Jeremiah 18:6 “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?” declares the LORD. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.