I taught a class in precious metal clay today. One of my previous customers had mentioned what a great spiritual lesson she learned from taking the class. I thought I would share her lesson with everyone today.
Step 1 ~ THE PLAN
The first thing we do when taking the class is make a plan. Before we even get started we have to make the plan. If you open the clay before you are ready it will dry out and be unusable. So the plan is essential.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for prosperity and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”
Before we were even created, God had a plan for our life. Isn’t that amazing!
Step 2 ~ MOLDING AND SHAPING
Next we mold and shape the clay into the desired result.
Isaiah 64:8 “But now, O Lord, You are our Father, we are the clay, and You our potter; and all of us are the work of Your hand.”
Throughout our lives God is molding us and shaping us to be the person He longs for us to be. He uses other people, situations and direction to mold us and shape us.
Step 3 ~ FIRING
Nobody likes the refining fire. It is NOT fun. But unfortunately the difficult times are part of our lives. When we fire the clay at 1650 degrees it literally burns away all of the impurities and leaves us with pure fine silver.
Psalm 66:10 “For You have tried us, O God; You have refined us as silver is refined.”
Isaiah 48:10 “Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.”
In the midst of the fire it is very hard to see the light and hold it together. We must keep our eyes on Jesus and rest assured that His love will bring us to the other side, refined!
Step 4 ~ PERFECTING
When the clay comes out of the kiln it has miraculously turned into silver! It is now metal. Much sturdier and tougher than clay. However, it is dull and not very pretty. Even though it has been turned into metal, it is not shiny yet. To make it shiny we have to burnish it. The more pressure you apply to the silver, the shinier it gets!
James 1:2-4 “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
Again, this is not necessarily fun to do but the results are wonderful. In the end, after all is done, He can see His reflection in the shiny, perfected people we have become!
If you are interested in taking the Precious Metal Clay class, call 419-651-5220 to set up an appointment. We teach individuals and groups up to 8 people. Go to /classes-and-events/regular-store-classes-by-appt for more information.