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The ability to see God's purpose for us

Michael Bryant
Faith


When it comes to building and creating things, I think we can all understand a "shape-shifter." Let me explain what I mean here.

The Bryants are "Star Trek" fans. "Star Trek" is a long-running television program. One "Star Trek" series in particular has a guy named "Odo."

Odo is from another planet. And although his name is quite interesting, what is most significant is that Odo is a "shape-shifter." In fact, I've seen episodes where Odo suddenly became almost liquid, just like gelatin, slid under a doorway, and became a "solid" person again - he looked exactly like himself.

I also saw him become "liquid," remain in the same room, and when he solidified again, he looked like a totally different person.

Interestingly enough, and in a somewhat different way, the prophet Jeremiah speaks of God as a "shape-shifter." This time, however, we see that shaping and shifting people is what God desires to do as he forms and molds us into faithful, holy followers.

Often, however, even if our deepest desire is to be the person God wants us to be, the many desires and struggles of the world push and pull us into many directions - often, the wrong direction! Indeed, the chaos of life often "over-shouts" God's soft, gentle voice "speaking" in our ear. But there is hope and promise for today.

Just as a potter shapes, shifts and forms clay into beautiful vessels (dishes, bowls, etc.), God continues to shape and form you and me into something beautiful, holy, faithful and useful for God.

We know this does not come easy, though. Allowing God to "have His way" with us takes practice, desire, determination and the ability to see God's purpose for us. God is ready to shape and form us. Are we ready to allow God to be the "Potter" in our life?

I'll see you in church, the grocery store or around town.

You can e-mail Pastor Michael by visiting www.stjohnsumc.com, or call him at (928) 692-8828.



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