The Potter’s Hand

22 03 2007

The following account comes from an ‘Our Daily Bread’ reading from some time ago. It’s a huge encouragement about God’s way of working with us as His children:

‘Adelaide Pollard was planning to go to Africa as a missionary, but at the last minute she was prevented from going because she hadn’t recieved enough financial support. During a prayer meeting, a dark mood enveloped her. Then the prayer of an elderly woman pierced her darkness: “It’s all right, Lord! It doesn’t matter what you bring into our lives. Just have your way with us!” In that moment Adelaide Pollard surrendered to God’s way and found peace.

Later that evening she examined the story of the potter in Jeremiah 18:4. She thought about the vessel that was marred in the potter’s hand, and noted that he made it into another vessel, as it seemed good to him. She recognised her need to submit herself to God’s will and allow Him to remould her life according to His own design.

A poem began taking shape in her yielded mind: “Thou art the Potter, I am the clay. Mould me and make me after Thy will, while I am waiting yielded and still.” Eventually, in God’s time, He allowed Pollard to minister in Africa, England, and across the United States.

God uses the person who sincerely prays, “Have Thine own way, Lord.” Ask youself: Am I letting the great Potter have His own way with me?

“Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Hold o’er my being absolute sway!
Fill with Thy Spirit till all shall see
Christ only, always, lving in me’

If this has encouraged you, take a look at a devotional thought Gary Cousins posted two days ago over on his blog also.

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2 responses

28 03 2007
Gary Boal

That’s a pretty good reading, have to confess I usually think the ol’ daily bread is a bit on the light side but really enjoyed that! thankyou for posting it! Would you have the year and date of the daily bread it’s from?

28 03 2007
Andrew and Carolyn

Hi Gary,Many thanks for calling by the blog, and for your comment. I agree with you that ODB can be a bit light, and in terms of my normal daily reading notes I’ve opted for ‘Explore’ published by the Good Book Company.Unfortunately I don’t have the date or year, as we had kept this reading from an old booklet, and hadn’t pencilled in the details at the top.Your own blog is looking good, and may you know God’s continued blessing in EHC.Andrew




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