When I read Pastor Ronny’s reflection, “Depend on Him Like Clay to a Potter” he reminded me of the famous Clay Cliffs in Omarama, New Zealand.
It made me think, who would come and visit the Clay Cliffs had that mountains of clay remained as an ordinary mountain range.
The Clay Cliffs wouldn’t be named as it is and it will be like any common mountain dotted with grazing sheep or cows. It could have been a barren, unattractive place where probably the thorny matakoura bushes abound.
But from an ordinary range of mountains, the ancient glaciers that deposited silt and gravel…
…the geological movements,
… rain and snow storms,
…and the winds of varying forces and directions,
…carved the range into the geological wonder that became the popular Clay Cliffs.
Now, people from here and abroad travel for long hours and walk the distance to see the natural wonder that the Clay Cliff presents.
The Clay Cliffs became more popular after it was chosen as one of the many New Zealand locations where Walt Disney’s Mulan was shot.
So, what important lessons in life that we can learn from the Clay Cliffs?
Be still, God is molding us
Perhaps we have said in our prayers many times, “Lord, mold me in the way you want me to be” but then how can the Lord God mold us when we are restless?
Worse, we might always be moving against the molding hands of God.
Psalm 46:10 says,
“Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
Imagine if the Clay Cliffs was a restless mountain, always moving against the forces of nature, it could have been a mound of loose clay, gravel, and dirt by now.
Or it could have remained as an ordinary mountain nobody would take interest on.
Also, it is important to know that the Clay Cliffs weren’t formed in a single day, months, or years. It took many many years for its formation.
How long should one remain still seems to be the prevailing question? Yes, we did remain motionless and focus on God but only for a moment.
We are always on the go. We always lack the patience to wait upon the Lord sincerely. Our restlessness before God is indicative of a person who always wants to be in control.
The answer to the question, “how long should we be still?”
I found Psalm 37:7 expressing the answer that we need to be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him:
Be still before the Lord
and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
I am deeply touched by Pastor Ronny’s assertion in his reflection, “Depend on Him Like Clay to a Potter.” He said:
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you; plans to prosper you and not to harm you; plans to give you hope and a future.”
For his plans to be realized in my life, I need to depend on him like clay to a potter fully. I will not resist, I will not complain, I will not protest. I need to be pliant, soft, and easy to mold.
From an ordinary mountain range, the Potter’s hands moulded a beautiful masterpiece we now called, Clay Cliffs, a place where the family could visit and be in awesome wonder.
So, if we are longing for God’s working hands to make us as the best and most attractive person He wants us to be, we need to be still, know that He is God, and wait patiently for Him.
God bless you all!