Due to a move, I've been away from "playing in mud" ~ mud being clay. Recently, I've been making my way back to the enjoyment of getting lost in this creativity.
Most people are aware of a pottery wheel (which I don't have), but a lot aren't aware there are other ways to form clay. One of my favorites is slab work. You roll out the clay, cut out a design and build on it. If your clay is too dry it will crumble and fall to pieces. This can be remedied by adding water. You have to knead the clay to remove air pockets. There can be a good bit of preparation before you can proceed with your design. Isn't that the way we behave sometimes? We hold on to the wrong things and let go of the right things. God in His infinite wisdom continues to offer what we need and kneads away what we don't.
In ceramics a liquid form of clay is poured into a mold. This liquid sets for awhile, then the excess is poured out. The mold then pulls water away from the forming clay to harden the shape to the mold's design. Once again, when God seems not to hear or answer us, maybe He is molding us into the design He wills for us.
Finally the clay is fired to bisque and glazed. Through the fires of illness, loss, and trials we can become solid in our faith. This is only if we rest as clay in our Father's hands, allowing Him to mold and fashion us into His creation.
Lord help us to rest and trust in You!