The Potter's plan: God's vision is always perfect.

But now, O LORD, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand.

— Isaiah the prophet: 64:8

The Master Potter had a plan:


"I'll create a man with my very own hands!" So He grabbed some clay began to knead and mold, soon a form took shape that was beautiful to behold.

Then, the Master Potter made this decision. " My design's I created with detail and precision, I'll put in the world, and soon there shall be, generation's of like creation's to glorify me!"

So He put His masterpiece on display, after bidding farewell He went away. When He returned tears fell from His eyes; some creations were broken and tossed aside.

So He gathered the pieces in His loving arms and began to...

Reshape...

Rebuild...

And reform...

When He was done, an angel heard Him say: "My creations are still priceless in every way"...

Only a creator could feel this way. The refurbished creations appeared perfect in every way. But the truth of it is, though the words are not spoken. A vessel that's been broke, will forever be broken.





Definition of refurbished.

To refurbish: To restore, to make new, to make clean.

The backup plan.

In the beginning God had a perfect plan; a plan to create a beautiful world and fill it with all that His heart desired. One of those desires was to create a mankind in His very own image that would populate the earth and glorify Him. Then, sin entered the world, and into the hearts of man and because of this the world became broken.

Some of God's creation's "appeared" to thrive in the broken world, unfortunately, other's were broken due to poverty, cruelty, injustice, and bad choices, so some of God's creation's ended up on the wayside.

Usually, broken vessels are seen as trash or no longer useful, however, they are always priceless in the eyes of their creator. Though God's plan had been foiled, His vision was still perfect. A true visionary sees things through different eyes. A true creator always has a backup plan.

The Potter in His infinite wisdom didn't throw the broken pieces away. Instead, He renewed, refurbished and restored them like new; and though they were not the same as before, they possessed something different that made them unique- they had character.


Source

A vessel that's been broken will forever be broken.

It would be wonderful if the broken vessel's were made whole; but in order to be whole, their experiences that broke them in the first place would need to be erased. God, in His wisdom, realized the broken vessels He saved were still valuable. He could take the broken pieces, and form one body; and through this temple He could reach out to His other precious creations.

Some of these vessels have become pastors, evangelists, teachers and disciples. All are recipients of God's mercy and grace. All can testify that He is a healer, deliverer, and a restorer.

Source

Walk a mile in my shoes!

Have you ever tried to give someone advice, and their response to you was " Walk a mile in my shoes!" Many people have wondered why so many ministries are necessary. One reason may be, that although many have gone through the same trials, people handle them differently. For example:

  • I know of an evangelist who once tried to counsel to a homeless person. The evangelist and homeless person had similar trials and hurts. The difference was the evangelist had friends, family and other resource's that cushioned their fall. In other words, the evangelist's testimony was not very effective. The homeless person's response was:
  • "That's all well and fine for you; the Lord saved you but as you can see He didn't save me!"
  • I'm guessing the homeless person felt more lost, confused and angry at a God they perceive shows favoritism. Another evangelist came along with the same testimony. The difference was this evangelist had not been "saved." She had however, refused to allow her circumstances to become permanent. She prayed, stayed hopeful and, used the many resources that are available for the homeless. Through love, patience, and self-effort, the evangelist pulled herself out of her circumstances. She was able to recognize God's grace through the many people who cared to help, and therefore God received all the glory.

Another example:

  • A good friend of mine had become very bitter behind a relationship she was in that failed. Although she never voiced these words, I understood she felt used, unappreciated, and that her time had been wasted. After allowing her to vent, I gave her my testimony of why I decided to apply God's word of celibacy (no fornication) to my life.
  • When we first fall in love it's a euphoric feeling, and it feels natural to want to give ourselves, body, mind, and soul to our partner. When that beautiful feeling wears off, we may find ourselves seeing things about this person we can't tolerate. Because we became one with this person, our feelings have gone to another level, sometimes a toxic level, and we're no longer able to make sound decisions.
  • We may find ourselves putting up with things we normally wouldn't because now we are ruled by our emotions; this occurs when love and lust becomes blurred. God has given us our own free will. If we give that power to another person we now have to depend on them to treat us right in order to feel happy and whole. I was not going "religion" on her I was giving her woman to woman- real talk.


Source

The bible is more than just a book of ancient scrolls.

The bible is more than just a book of prosperity; more than just a book of rules and laws; If you apply the scriptures to your life, and then pray for wisdom and understanding; you will find yourself making wiser choices that will help you avoid the many pitfalls in life. It was not my desire to suggest to my friend to abstain from relations. I was only giving her my testimony on why I decided to apply God's word to my life; and practice it. I have grown in the area of understanding the importance of taking responsibility and being accountable. So therefore, it's imperative that I make sound decisions that will keep me from being angry, hurt, bitter and full of resentment. There's a scripture in proverbs that articulates this perfectly.

Proverbs 4:23-26) Guard your heart with all diligence for out of it springs the issues of life.

The portrait of a Master Potter.

God created the world in seven days. On the sixth day He created man in His own image and gave him dominion over everything He had made. Because of sin God's plan was foiled but a true Creator always has a backup plan. He took the creations He saved, and filled them with His spirit in order to reach out to His other creation's. And through this new body (church) He is able to spread the good news of His new covenant in which all can be saved; and through this body He is able to provide hope, love, encouragement and restoration. Unlike man God will never give up on us. As apostle Paul so elegantly phrase's it:

"I am absolutely convinced there is nothing that can separate us from the love of God!"

The devil's desire is to keep us in discord so; we will never be on one accord. His battle is not with us but with God. He hates us because we have been offered salvation and he hasn't. He has a short time to wreak havoc, and then he's doomed. In the beginning his desire was to foil God's plan, and it's still his agenda to this day.

God, in His infinite wisdom took what the devil meant for harm and turned it around for His good, and through His body (disciple's) He is still able to receive His glory.

  1. Every creation is valuable in His sight.
  2. He will salvage the broken and restore.
  3. He will refurbish and renew.
  4. He is awesome!
  5. He is perfect!
  6. And He is love.

And that my friend's is the portrait of a true Master Potter.

In my parable I described people who were saved by Grace as refurbished. Did you find that offensive?

See results without voting

Let's spread the message.

We all have our own crosses to bear. Proudly display your faith. As Apostle Paul says " I am not ashamed of the gospel!"

© 2015 Dana Tate

More by this Author


22 comments

Jodah profile image

Jodah 18 months ago from Queensland Australia

Hi Dana, this is a wonderful hub, inspirational message. Many of us may be broken but God has 'refurbished' us. That isn't offensive to me as I am an avid refurbished and recycler myself. What you say about the choice to be celibate as opposed to "giving" ourselves to another person makes sense too, because once you do everything between you changes and so does your choices and decisions. You have to think how everything you do effects or is viewed by that other person as well. Thank you forwriting and sharing this message of The Potter's plan.


Dana Tate profile image

Dana Tate 18 months ago from LOS ANGELES Author

Jodah, thank you for your inspiring message. I was praying the word refurbished didn't offend anyone. I was really trying to find a creative way to say we are no longer the same as before due to the experiences we go through. And the reason to remain celibate, until marriage, is a choice I made to remain bitter free, because things don't always work out. Thanks for reading and commenting.


Dr Pran Rangan profile image

Dr Pran Rangan 18 months ago from Kanpur (UP), India

Dana, it is a great hub. Every sentence of the hub carries a message worth emulating in life by all. Voted up. Thanks


Dana Tate profile image

Dana Tate 18 months ago from LOS ANGELES Author

Dr. Pran: I can only pray that I continue to do God's work with love and diligence. Your visit, kinds words, and faithfulness are appreciated. Thank you for visiting and commenting.


Jo_Goldsmith11 profile image

Jo_Goldsmith11 18 months ago

This is just beautiful Dana! And such perfect timing! I praise God that he led me here to read this today! :-)) You are a wonderful talent when it comes to writing from the heart. And your words come across to me as one who has lived and walked in shoes of others. Awesome and what a blessing this is to read! Shared, Up for sure! Beautiful, useful, interesting and a true blessing indeed! :-))


Dana Tate profile image

Dana Tate 18 months ago from LOS ANGELES Author

Jo, thank you so much for reading my hub and I thank you even more for your generous comment. Unfortunately I have walked in many shoes, but if I hadn't I wouldn't have a praise today. We are in some tough times and it's imperative that we encourage our brothers and sisters who need it. God's perfect plan was foiled but He still loves us and is still reaching out to us. He is still in control. He still has a vision, and the only thing we need to do is trust Him. I thank Him for directing you to this poem and I am pleased you found it encouraging. It makes my job even more meaningful. God bless.


Ericdierker profile image

Ericdierker 18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Truly a blessing to read. I like being the clay as I rest assured who the Potter is. I like being refurbished. It is an excellent description of the way God has worked in my broken life. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.


Eric Flynn profile image

Eric Flynn 18 months ago from Providence, Rhode Island

A wonderful parable Dana. I love the idea that we are all broken; original sin declares it so. We are tested and molded by the fire; tougher for the process; understanding to not harden our hearts, so we can be filled up (the vessels); the devices for transporting the word. Voted Up and Useful.

EWF


Dana Tate profile image

Dana Tate 18 months ago from LOS ANGELES Author

Ericdieker: I praise God for you this morning. Being refurbished by the Potter is the best blessing I ever received. Being filled with His spirit has allowed me to live a more richer and fulfilling life. I'm almost grateful the world broke me. If they hadn't I wouldn't have known the wonderful works of God. Oh bless Him for loving and caring enough to save a wretch like me. God bless you and all the work you continue to do in His name.


Dana Tate profile image

Dana Tate 18 months ago from LOS ANGELES Author

I Praise the lord for you Eric Flynn: You have a perfect understanding of my poem and you have filled my heart with joy! You are so correct in your saying that we are tested and molded by fire; and tougher for the process. The key is truly not to become hardened in heart, so we can be filled with His spirit in order to help spread the good news. Thank you for your visit, comment and vote up.


mabelhenry profile image

mabelhenry 18 months ago from Harrisburlg, Pennsylvania

Wow! Dana Tate....Now say it backwards...This is a captivating message, it is loaded with encouragement, truth, admonition, and realism. The Spirit of God is speaking expressly through you and He makes the words come alive. Keep planting, and watering and God will surely continue to give the increase. He is enlarging your territories. Great hub and the invite to cross reference is accepted. I'm sharing this on facebook. Have a grand week.


Dana Tate profile image

Dana Tate 18 months ago from LOS ANGELES Author

Praise God mabelhenry: Thank you for the beautiful words of encouragement. I will also share your hub and together we can plant, water, and allow the Lord to increase.


word55 profile image

word55 18 months ago from Chicago

Good morning Ms. Tate, I loved reading this. He is "The Potter and we are the clay." I love reading about the goodness of the Lord.Life is all new once we have been transformed from the old life to the new. Thank you my sister for a well written hub. Be Blessed and Voted Up!


Dana Tate profile image

Dana Tate 18 months ago from LOS ANGELES Author

Word55, bless u for reading this hub and thank you for your kind words. It is always a pleasure for me to spread the goodness of the Lord in the hope that those who have not accepted His invitation will make that choice. I am so pleased that you enjoyed this. Thank you also for the vote up!


Mel Carriere profile image

Mel Carriere 18 months ago from San Diego California

One thing about broken vessels is that they spill out their precious contents into places where it would not normally go. Very inspirational hub!


Dana Tate profile image

Dana Tate 18 months ago from LOS ANGELES Author

That's very true Mel Carriere, very true indeed. I appreciate you dropping by for a visit. God bless.


Benjie 17 months ago

Dana, I loved this! It is beautiful. I love you my friend. Thank you for sharing this with me, with all of us! OX...


Dana Tate profile image

Dana Tate 17 months ago from LOS ANGELES Author

Thank you for reading and commenting Benji. Hearing from you is always a pleasure. Love and blessings.


melissae1963 profile image

melissae1963 17 months ago from Tennessee, United States

Your ideas are spot on. It is a treat to meet someone who believes in her faith so strongly.


Dana Tate profile image

Dana Tate 17 months ago from LOS ANGELES Author

Thank you so much melissae1963, your kind words are appreciated.


maribel 16 months ago

Beautiful we are always a work in progress


Dana Tate profile image

Dana Tate 16 months ago from LOS ANGELES Author

Yes, Maribel. And we will be until the day of completion. Thanks again.

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


    Click to Rate This Article
    working