A Letter to a Father about the Potter

As I write this letter to you this evening, I will admit that I was afraid and worried. In my time of fear I was quickly reminded by the Holy Spirit that I do not have the spirit of fear but a spirit of power, love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). The question that came to my mind is why be afraid? You are going to either believe God when he said that he will never leave you or forsake you or not. Make a decision. I made the decision to believe, and so I am writing. I know that you may be asking what it is about this letter that made you afraid. Honestly fear is really the basis of my inconsistency, my compromising and my suppression of what God has placed down on the inside of me. I didn’t want to be exposed and vulnerable until my perception of the word exposure changed from a negative light to a favorable view. I am reminded of this particular scripture In the book of John chapter 3 verse 21 and it reads: “But whoever practices truth [and does what is right—morally, ethically, spiritually] comes to the Light, so that his works may be plainly shown to be what they are—accomplished in God [divinely prompted, done with God’s help, in dependence on Him].” I have decided to allow God’s work in me to plainly show.
I would like to start by telling you about my prayer. I remember having to help someone and in this particular encounter, I remember I really didn’t want to help them but I did. As I was helping them I realized I was so judgmental towards them inwardly. I did what any believer would do I remember praying in my head it wasn’t a long-drawn-out prayer it was simply this “Lord help me not to be so judgmental.” That was the prayer. That was it. I know some of you are reading this and thinking what’s the big deal? We all have judged at some point in our lives. The very thought of judging someone inwardly would have been just a memory in times past, but this time it was such an uneasiness inside of me. One day my judgmental ways were exposed. One day I and a close friend of mine got into this HUGE argument and I mean I was upset. I was upset, mad and angry because of two things, their behavior and because I didn’t get what I wanted in the end. I was yelling they were yelling it was horrible. Then there was the judgmental and condemning behavior that God exposed to me. I picked up the telephone called another friend and told them about the argument. God showed me that all you did was get a co-signer on your condemnation of your friend. In this day and age, we call it venting our emotions but God showed me that no Santha you are gossiping and being very judgmental. The Holy Spirit broke everything down to me and it went something like this. “Santha it’s not the fact that you told your friend about the argument that makes it gossiping, it is considered gossiping when you and your friend start to put your opinions on what happened.” Also, when this is done there is now this false perception about the person you are talking about. Another thing the Holy Spirit showed me was why not run to God. Didn’t God create the person you are having a disagreement with, don’t you think I know how to reach your friend? So many thoughts were running through my mind and verses like: “Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and well-pleasing to God, which is your rational (logical, intelligent) act of worship. And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].” The moment my mind would go on a train wreck of emotions God would give me a word to sustain me.
Then there was a day I heard a message about making decisions. The word was from the book of Luke 15:11-32. Luke chapter 15 it talks about the younger son making the decision to get his money and completely blows the money. Later the younger son makes the decision to come back home and his Father not only received him but decided to have this huge party for the occasion of the younger sons return. As you read further in the text, you see the older son gets upset because he believes, the younger son doesn’t deserve to have the party. The older son says to his father you’ve never had a party for me and I’ve always obeyed you. After listening to this particular message I quickly learned that I was so upset with my friend about not making a decision when I should have made the decision a while ago. One lesson I have learned from this experience is when you do not make a decision it is the breeding ground for confusion and failure.
The judgmental ways were exposed by my dislike of my friends’ behavior. I felt that their behavior was unnecessary, but I was quickly corrected by the Holy Spirit. The words were can you just see them in the image of God. Can you look at them and just see God? Can you look past their behavior and just see that underneath I am dwelling in them also. Can you let it all go? I need you to forgive and just let it completely go. I am going to admit I didn’t at that moment. God showed me my behavior and my ways alongside his grace and mercy towards me. The scales were lifted from my eyes. I write this letter not to condemn me nor my friend. I write this letter to tell you that the person you are becoming is far greater than any bad behavior. The person you are becoming requires you to stay in this present moment and allow the Holy Spirit to purify and refine you so that you can come out as PURE GOLD. One early morning around 5 a.m. I was led to read the book of Romans 9:10-26. ” And not only that, but this too: Rebekah conceived twin sons by one man [under the same circumstances], by our father, Isaac; and though the twins were not yet born and had not done anything either good or bad, so that God’s purpose [His choice, His election] would stand, not because of works [done by either child], but because of [the plan of] Him who calls them, it was said to her, “The older (Esau) will serve the younger (Jacob).” As it is written and forever remains written, “Jacob I loved (chose, protected, blessed), but Esau I hated (held in disregard compared to Jacob).” What shall we say then? Is there injustice with God? Certainly not! For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I have compassion.” So then God’s choice is not dependent on human will, nor on human effort [the totality of human striving], but on God who shows mercy [to whomever He chooses—it is His sovereign gift]. For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “I raised you up for this very purpose, to display my power in [dealing with] you, and so that my name would be proclaimed in all the earth.” So then, He has mercy on whom He wills (chooses), and He hardens [the heart of] whom He wills. You will say to me then, “Why does He still blame me [for sinning]? For who [including myself] has [ever] resisted His will and purpose?” On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers [arrogantly] back to God and dares to defy Him? Will the thing which is formed say to him who formed it, “Why have you made me like this?” Does the potter not have the right over the clay, to make from the same lump [of clay] one object for honorable use [something beautiful or distinctive] and another for common use [something ordinary or menial]? What if God, although willing to show His [terrible] wrath and to make His power known, has tolerated with great patience the objects of His wrath [which are] prepared for destruction? And what if He has done so to make known the riches of His glory to the objects of His mercy, which He has prepared beforehand for glory, including us, whom He also called, not only from among the Jews but also from among the Gentiles? Just as He says in [the writings of the prophet] Hosea:
“I will call those who were not my people, ‘My people, ‘and [I will call] her who was not beloved, ‘beloved.’”
“And it shall be that in the place where it was said to them, ‘you are not my people,’
There they shall be called sons of the living God.”
After reading Romans 9, I realized that whatever God says it is going to be, it will be. Whatever God has predestined for your life to be it will be just that. No good behavior can make it happen or bad behavior that can stop it from happening. God is the potter, and we are the clay why not yield entirely to him. Why not just let it go? The potter knows what he is making, and it will be a beautiful masterpiece if you would allow him to shape you. I hope that through my transparency in this letter that you will see a full heart, not a condemned soul. A heart that said yes to God and no to fear. A woman who decided to stay and allow the potter to shape me and mold me into the person he originally intended me to be. I am so glad that God corrected me. I no longer want just to believe God I want to depend on God.
Finally, there may be a relationship that you had to walk away from or a family member or job or whatever it is. Remember we are light and salt. It is vital that we always know that our body is a temple of God. Always walk in the knowledge of God living inside of you. Allow the Holy Spirit to reveal the things to your soul (Mind, Will, Emotions) so that you will have the answers you need in your everyday life. Also, when you have those thoughts or emotions as I did when you are facing a difficult decision or things don’t go as you have planned, just remember many are the plans in a man’s heart but the lords’ purpose will prevail. I pray above all that you will be able to walk in the fruit of the spirit and the newness of the spirit with a renewed mind. Be blessed. Be light. Be free.

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