I was putting some iced tea glasses away the other day and I began to curse the makers of my kitchen cabinets. Those glasses wouldn't fit and I began to say to myself, "How could someone make cabinets for a kitchen that do not accommodate iced tea glasses?!" Ridiculous.
And then that still, small voice kindly said, "Nicole, look inside that cabinet, Honey." (I'm thankful that the still, small voice is kind and calls me Honey and not Idiot.) Inside my cabinet, there were little holes that run from the very bottom of the cabinet to the very top. And the shelves sit on top of little clips that fit inside those holes. And, Eureka! I discovered those shelves are adjustable. I've paid a mortgage for 16 years and I just now discovered this. Sometimes I'm not really sure I'm qualified to be a grown-up.
Like Dorothy, who had the power to get back to Kansas all along, I had the power to change my shelves. How does this apply to the Jesus-thing? What I suppose is that most of us go about our lives, yelling at our Maker like I yelled at my cabinet maker. We say things like, "Why am I like this?" or "How come this situation won't change?" With Christ in us and a little quiet-time in our life, we have the opportunity to listen to the Maker to allow Him to make adjustments in our lives. We are adjustable.
The Bible reminds us over and over that we are nothing but clay. We can be changed and we can be remade over and over if we submit to God's plans and will for our lives.
Isaiah 64:8 says: Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.
Job 10:9 says: Remember that you molded me like clay. Will you now turn me to dust again?
Isaiah 45:9 “Woe to those who quarrel with their Maker, those who are nothing but potsherds among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?’ Does your work say, ‘The potter has no hands’?
and finally Jeremiah 18:4:
But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.
It's not enough to simply acknowledge the Potter. We are to submit to Him. When we see that change needs to be made, we need to remember Jeremiah 18:4; He will remake us as it seems best to Him. That may mean you make some changes that you don't particularly like. You give up habits or relationships you don't want to remove, but deep down you know that would be better for you. Perhaps you begin praying and studying God's word to learn what His best is and not what the world preaches.
Sometimes I picture myself like the pot on the wheel that seems almost finished but the potter sees a flaw and allows that mass of clay to collapse on the fast moving wheel. It looks like failure and a mess and sometimes that's the truth! But then the potter lovingly holds that clay in His hands again and begins to carefully turn the pot and shape and mold into something more beautiful than before.
Don't be like me, standing in the kitchen yelling at the cabinet maker. Remember that God made us to change and to fall apart, only to be made more beautiful. Sometimes the changes don't hurt too badly and are actually quite simple. And then, just like that, your iced tea glasses fit quite nicely.