#671 Pliability and Surrender Part 1 in the Hands of the Potter
Dejection and other emotional reactions can make us inflexible to different degrees. We can get STUCK in a negative way of thinking. One morning last week I woke up ‘stuck.’ The Lord overruled that I came across an email that I forgot to send a Sister in response to some thoughts shared back and forth. The LORD overruled these shared thoughts to speak directly to this frame of mind and these thoughts lifted me up out of the “pit” perspective I was in! Psalm 40:1-3!!!
The email I found included this Dear Sister’s sharing:
"In order to mould thee into entire conformity to His will, He must have thee pliable in His hands, and this pliability is more quickly reached by yielding in the little things than even by the greater. Thy one great desire is to follow Him fully; canst thou not say then a continual "yes" to all His sweet commands, whether small or great, and trust Him to lead thee by the shortest road to thy fullest blessedness?" H. W. SMITH.
What a blessing and how timely to my frame of mind to meditate again on pliability—the surrender that comes from continual ‘yes’ to each step of His will, knowing that He is leading to the fullest blessedness. In the illustration of the potter and the clay, this lack of pliability limits His ability to fashion and influence our lives. A good dose of the water of truth along with His continued moulding pressure in experience can re-create the pliability the Lord desires us to have.
In our sharing, some thoughts brought to mind a lesson in Isaiah 29:15-16:
‘Ah, you who hide deep from the Lord your counsel, whose deeds are in the dark, and who say, Who sees us? Who knows us? You turn things upside down!” Shall the potter be regarded as the clay, that the thing made should say of its maker, “He did not make me”; or the thing formed say of him who formed it, “He has no understanding”?’
It is sobering to realize that sometimes in our resistance to an experience, we may disagree with GOD…! which makes as much sense as the clay trying to be the Potter!
What creates pliability?
Dwelling in awe of Who He Is as the Potter: with skill and ability to create for Amazing Beauty, Purpose and Function!
Dwelling in the fact that He sees and is aware of every detail of experience;
Dwelling in the reality that we are thoroughly known and thoroughly loved;
Dwelling in the conviction when things seem upside that this is His unfinished work, and knowing His completed work is Highest Blessing;
Dwelling in the truth that we are HIS workmanship: He created our new creature spiritual life, and certainly knows our deepest spiritual needs.