I have a set of pottery mugs I like to use for communion. The mugs are beautifully irregular. You can almost see the finger and thumbprints of the potter as they squeezed these mugs to create indents in their midsection, making them a little more eccentric than normal perfectly symmetrical vessels. They remind me that life is full of imperfections and that we humans are shaped by many forces and circumstances pressing into us and leaving their marks.
Scripture has a beautiful image of God moulding and shaping us like a potter forming lumps of clay. It is a messy image but it’s also a picture of slow, tender and intentional formation – making us into something both beautiful and usable. Invariably, the potter leaves a mark. For those who have eyes to see, the Creator’s fingerprints are all over creation.
This summer we’re going to pause to notice the imprints that God has made in our lives. We’re going to be giving space to hear those golden nugget stories which have God’s fingerprints on them – those moments God was present to us in a special way that resulted in some kind of transformative shaping in us. We’re going to hear various people share their stories of God’s presence and activity in their lives. It will be a season of encouragement through hearing other’s stories, as well as being challenged to notice God’s fingerprints in our own lives!
>>Where do you see God’s fingerprints in your life?