Last year on October 16th, I embarked on a new journey in my life, I started teaching and leading the teens in my church. Our first night together, my husband and I had a friend come and demonstrate how pottery works. Prior to the lesson, I told the kids to wear clothes they didn’t mind messing up and left them in the dark as to what was going on. I wanted them to anticipate what we were going to do and keep them guessing. Once they arrived, we had a quick discussion and lesson in the fellowship hall. We discussed the direction of the youth group and what we hoped to accomplish throughout the year. Afterwards we led them into the youth center and they saw everything set up. Our friend Mark sat at the wheel and started to explain the process of making a pot. Everyone had a turn at the wheel, some succeeded and others flopped. Upon remembering this night and seeing it as the beginning of a new season; I see that God has had our group on the pottery wheel and has molded, formed, shaped and bent us. He has also remolded, reformed, and reshaped us. He’s constantly working on us as a group. We may come to a point at times and think that He’s finished with what He has created; we are satisfied with what the pot looks like, but then He decides to improve on it. In Isaiah 45, God uses Cyrus, a king to be the patron and deliverer of the Jews from captivity. God also uses Cyrus to instruct them in the rebuilding of the temple. If you read the whole chapter, God reminds us and the Jews that He is God and creator. In verses 9-13 it says, ““It is bad for the one who works against His Maker. He is just a clay pot among the other pots of earth. Will the clay say to the pot-maker, ‘What are you doing?’ or, your work say, ‘He has no hands’? It is bad for him who says to his father, ‘To what are you giving life?’ or to a woman, ‘To what are you giving birth?’”The Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, says, “Will you ask Me about the things to come for My children? Will you tell Me about the work of My hands? I made the earth, and made man upon it. I spread out the heavens with My hands, and put all the stars in their places. I have sent Cyrus to do what is right and good. And I will make all his ways smooth. He will build My city and without any money will set My people free who were taken away,” says the Lord of All.”
Being a leader is intimidating at times for me, but I lean on God to direct my paths with this group. I try to listen and seek Him in all decisions, in what to teach, what to say, and what not to say. I learn more and more every day that I am not in control, but God is. He has taught me numerous lessons throughout the year. He has given me strength when I feel helpless. He has given me instruction when I have no idea what to do. He has given me great love for each of the teens that have been involved in this group. He shows me strengths of individuals. He teaches me that we are all a work in progress. He has connected us with people and led us on many expeditions. He stretches me into things I never imagined doing. He is God, He knows all. He is the beginning and the end. He knows the whole story and each individual story. He is the greatest teacher, the everlasting Father, the most amazing artist, and the sweetest Lover we can ever know. He is God!