Today I am grateful for clay. Sounds pretty silly or even abstract, I ask that you just roll with me on this idea. Last night I went to my first ever pottery class. What first started as boring introductions and waiting around, quickly became a hands on experience. My thoughts were quite wandering in the beginning and by the end so focused on what I was doing and how to shape the clay into a pitcher of some sort. As I left class and headed home I was excited and grateful for trying something new. It is definitely going to be challenging, I can already tell. However it is filled with opportunity and room to grow and learn and improve. It made me think of how as humans, we are like clay in G-d’s hands. After last nights class I feel like understand this better. If we allow ourselves to be shaped and led by G-d He will mold us into a vessel. When we are amidst trials and challenges He is sculpting and directing us towards our potential. At the peak when we can go no further, He picks us up and puts us in the kiln. In the fire, we are being refined because as we come out, after being cooled, we are more beautiful than before. Then as an empty vessel made in the image of G-d’s handiwork, He will fill you up–if you let Him. And then you’ll have become a vessel of light filled with HaShem (G-d) and be able to fill other vessels, people, with loving kindness, knowledge and light! All this from clay, something earth based and transformed into quite elaborate and beautiful vessels. So here’s to clay and allowing G-d to mold us according to His will!
30 days of thanksgiving: day 3