Just watched what I think is one of the best films I have ever seen, and it’s a true story. It’s called “The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio.” It’s a tale of triumph over potential tragedies, a tale of answered prayers and second, third and fourth chances. It reminded me of how God is, at His deepest core, A Redeemer. He wastes not a single moment of our lives, but promises to work it all together for our good and His Glory. I was watching my friend Kelly, who works with me, playing with one of our babies in the school. She rocked her back and forth and said, “Woah, Woah, Woah, as the little one giggled and cheered.
My mind picked up on the Word “Woah,” and I realized there is another word that sounds exactly the same, but meaning something completely different. Homophones are what we call these words in the world of linguistics, but let’s get back to my point in all this. God is a Redeemer. He turns our Woes into Woahs. He takes impossible situations, and works them out. He takes what others consider worthless, and makes something Beautiful out of them. He is the Originator or Junk Art. We all like sheep, have gone astray. Each of us has turned to our own way. But the Lord has caused the Sin of us all to fall on Jesus. He is the Master Craftsman. He sees the shattered lives and pieces them back together more Beautiful and Stronger then they were originally. He is the Potter and we are but Clay. When we are hardened by sin or rebellion, He crushes us to powder, mixes us with Living Water of His Word and makes a different, More Beautiful, much more useful vessel out us.
The Potter and the Clay (Jeremiah 18)
The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord saying, 2 “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will announce My words to you.” 3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something on the wheel. 4 But the vessel that he was making of clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he remade it into another vessel, as it pleased the potter to make.
O the Miraculous Work of God, each of us is that, exactly, a miraculous Work of God. When we give our dysfunctions, our brokenness, our rebellion, our pride, our sins, etc. to God, He remakes us into Masterpieces of His Grace. He takes our “woes” and gives us a different kind of “Woah” instead. O the Wonders of being a Child of God, share the Glory of His grace and kindness toward us with whomever He brings to you this day. Amen and Amen