One of my favorite activities growing up was getting a new Lego® set and putting it together. It would not take me very long to do it, but once I was finished I didn’t really want to play with it. I just wanted to look at it and make sense of how all these different blocks and pieces were able to make this car or house or airplane. One of the realities I discovered about myself in the process was that I was not very creative. I loved following the instructions and seeing the final product, but the idea of taking the pieces apart and creating something original was not within my grasp.
In the last several years I have discovered the same things about my life. I am not very creative. I did not really know what I was good at, or how my passions and interests would be used by God. It is actually interesting that I am working in an administrative role, when ten years ago, the last thing I wanted to do was organize my desk, let alone help organize a church! But, God knew what he had placed within me.
What I have discovered is this, God knows me better than I know myself. God knows you better than you know yourself. God does not need our help to figure out what we should be doing with our lives. What God needs is for us to get out of his way and allow him to guide and mold and shape us. In many ways, the Legos® represent our tendency to only build a life that we think works the best, when in reality, we should let God have the pieces to transform them into something new and special.
We are all unique. We all have something that God has placed within us that is uniquely “us.” I think the problem with transformation is that we have to surrender control to God, and many of us are uncomfortable with this idea. We have to trust him to make something beautiful. We have to stop getting in God’s way and allow him to do what he does best, taking dirt and filling it with life.
I don’t know about you, I need transformation in my life. And the only way to experience it is to allow the Potter to make with the clay of our lives what he wills.