“Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message. So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.” Jeremiah 18:2-4
Our team was blessed with a visit to the potter’s house. Through the potter’s message, we saw how a chunk of clay from the ground is formed and shaped and worked with for hours in order to be molded patiently and carefully into something beautiful. The potter showed us that the clay starts out with impurities and imperfections that are taken out piece by piece as the clay is kneaded into it’s own unique masterpiece. The potter told us that God has a plan for each and every single one of us. God was planning this trip for us before we came into being and he has great plans for us.
The potter’s message has been carried with us as we spent the day with teens and kids from the local community playing games, making crafts, giving manicures, and worshipping with a devotional in both English and Spanish. Seeing the laughter, the joy, and the happiness on each of their faces makes the communication barrier something of little importance. Being unified with one another and knowing we are all lovingly and carefully created by a God with a plan for us is the heartbeat of this team and the interaction with the community.
Eight people, teens and adults were saved tonight at Pastor Wilbur’s church. Pastor Wilbur and the rest of our Nicaraguan family powerfully prayed for us, with us, and left us knowing that those people were the fruit of this mission and our Trader’s Point Family that came to serve.
God is the most creative artist, creating each one of us, no matter what race, what color, what ethnicity, whether wealthy or destitute…all under the same sun. He’s molding us carefully, taking out the imperfections as He sees fit, and lovingly seeing his plans to completion. Our Father doesn’t build us up to fall, and he reveals himself to us through serving, giving, and loving others with Christ-like integrity and humility. As humans, we are full of impurities. As God molds us, he separates those impurities to give us a beautiful finish.
“There is one body and one Spirit- just as you were called to one hope when you were called- one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” Ephesians 4:4-6