Something I've always wanted to try is pottery. I find the process fascinating. The ability to mold the clay just as you want it in order to create something that's all your own. Maybe one of these days I'll actually get around to doing that or taking a class or something.
I almost didn't make it to church this morning. I will admit to staying up pretty late last night and had an awful headache and just didn't feel like myself, but I climbed out of bed anyways in hopes that a shower would help me feel better. Boy am I glad I didn't stay home. God really spoke to me this morning. It was like a slap in the face to myself as well as some of the other young people at my table this morning when a video was played during the service about what life would be like if we treated our Bibles like our cell phones- constantly carrying them around with us, checking them for new messages, etc. I'll admit to carrying my Bible with me a good bit (especially since I have it downloaded on my phone as well as my new kindle) but I know I should/could do better. Anyways, I'm rambling. We talked about trying to transform ourselves in this new year, but that it was a slow process, could be painful, and is most definitely not in our power.
The final song say today was The Potters Hands...it really stuck with me so I looked up the process of pottery. The first thing you do is prepare the clay. God formed us and knew us before we were even born, he prepared the way for us to be here. The next step is placing the clay on the wheel and press the pedal at your own speed. God is constantly working on us, "molding" us closer to Him and what He would like for us to be. It's all in his time though, so it could be a slower process for some than for others, just like it's up to the potter how slow they want to create their work of art. As the clay spins around, the potter shapes it with his hands. Once it's complete, the process is still not done. There are little tools used to chip and shave the imperfections as the potter sees fit. I'd like to think that's what God does with us. Just when we think that we're where we should be, He "chips" off our little imperfections to make us even stronger and more like Him.