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Topic: I SURRENDER ALL (to God) (donâ€™t write about the song) (05/07/15)
- TITLE: God’s Masterpiece
By Julie Blackman
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My first experience with pottery was a disaster. I couldnâ€™t manage the pottery wheel table, so the rotation was too fast. Eventually, the clay spun out of control and I had to start over a few times. By the end of the class, I was grateful to have created something that remotely resembled a lopsided bowl. At least it was recognizable.
This class makes me think of Godâ€”our Divine Potter. Although we are the clay, we can oftentimes dictate how things should play out in our lives. This raises several questions. Isnâ€™t God omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent? Yes. Is there any other God beside Him? No. Then why do we have to â€ślet Himâ€ť take control? Why wonâ€™t He just mold us into whatever He wants? The answer is simpleâ€”because Heâ€™s a God of Choice. He wants us to choose to be fully surrendered to Him. He wonâ€™t force us into a relationship with Him (Revelation 3:20, NKJV). And He knows our potential and whatâ€™s best for us (Jeremiah 29:11, NKJV). When we let God have His way in our lives, Heâ€™ll show us exactly which steps to take (Psalms 32:8, NKJV).
Relinquishing control of my life to God, was one of the hardest lessons I had to learn. Iâ€™ve always prided myself on being self-sufficient. If I couldnâ€™t do something myself, it wasnâ€™t necessary. In the past, when things didnâ€™t go my way, Iâ€™d resolve that it wasnâ€™t meant to be. When I prayed, Iâ€™d tell God what my plans were and ask for His blessings in bringing them into fruition. But looking back, the one thing I did a lot of was worry. Sure, Iâ€™d kneel to pray and claim that I left my burdens at the altar, only to pick them up when I got up from praying. I also missed out on several opportunities. It wasnâ€™t because I didnâ€™t have control at the timeâ€”it was because I did. Poor decision making resulted in mistakes. If only I had consulted my Heavenly Father, perhaps things would have gone differently.
Thankfully God gives us second chances (Romans 8:28, NKJV). I realized that I had to let go and let God steer my life in order for things to change. It was a relief to give my burdens to Him. He gave me a peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7, NKJV). He is a faithful, patient, merciful, and gracious God. In my eyes, I am just a mere lump of clay. But in His eyes, I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14, NKJV). I am worthy because of Jesus Christ.
The encouragement that Iâ€™d like to share is: surrender everything to God as soon as you can. Trust me youâ€™ll find that in doing so, youâ€™ll save yourself time, money, tears, physical, and emotional stress. Let God mold you into the beautiful vessel that He sees you can be.
Nonfiction - Encouragement
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