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FASHIONED FROM CLAY

Jessica Guillory, 20

During the summer, I tried my hand at polymer clay. I went to the craft store and bought fifteen packages of colored clay and other art supplies. The next few months found me carefully rolling, sculpting, and cutting.

Clay egg2 DSCN5746editedI loved the feel of clay in my hands. It warmed at my touch, and my fingers left intricate patterns in my creations. I was fascinated as I transformed color schemes and concepts into beautiful, singular pieces of art.

While working, I thought of the Creator’s artistry—how God’s joy spilled over into making all the beauty we see. On day six, “the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.” God used the soil to fashion the first person and imprinted the divine image on humanity, including the attribute of creativity. Because of God, I can form clay into art.

While my art projects are finished in hours, God is not finished as quickly. God continues to shape and mold us. We may not see God’s color schemes or concepts, but we can trust that we too will become beautiful works of art for God’s glory.

 

Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being.
Genesis 2:7 (NRSV)

PRAYER: God, work creatively in our lives to transform us and to give us life. Amen.

 

Image of clay Christmas ornament courtesy of Jessica Guillory

—from devozine (May/June 2014). Copyright © 2014 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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