Our big devotional thought for today is this - Look for the positive and amazing parts of how you are made.
Remember, we are paralleling these two texts...The Potter and The Clay from Jeremiah 18. Read it here: https://www.blueletterbible.org/tools/MultiVerse.cfm?s=0002fS The second is from the New Testament and is the story of the man at the pool of Bethesda in John 5. Read it here: https://www.blueletterbible.org/tools/MultiVerse.cfm?s=0002fP
Any time I have watched a potter at work with the clay I am amazed. Why? I’m not gifted in this way. Even a pot that he might not love seems positively cool to me. Plus, even a pot with a crooked handle still has some pretty amazing qualities. I believe the Potter (Holy God) tells us to change our view and instead of a frustrated desire to be made different I think He desires us to celebrate how we are made because we are Made by Him and He doesn’t make junk.
Thinking of John 5, you might wonder what positives the man had in his life. Well, here is one: He waited for 38 years to get a miracle. What then is so special about him? He had FAITH. Faith that waited and faith that got up and then finally faith that walked!
Here is a great reminder about your make-up from Psalm 139:
13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb. 14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous--how well I know it. 15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. 16 You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. 17 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!
You have been made special. Count the ways and count your blessings and celebrate a Mighty God who has done it - He does all things well!