Teacher, Year 2
Last term in Science lessons, Year 2 explored the forces of push, pull, gravity and floating. In order to extend their understanding in this area we did some work with clay in our Visual Art lessons. Using pushing and pulling and a little gravity we rolled, moulded and shaped clay into coil pots and miniature turtles. Year 2 really enjoyed the chance to be creative and learn some new skills. While this activity did extend and put into practise our knowledge of science, it also helped to remind us of some truths about our great God and our relationship with Him.
Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay; you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.Isaiah 64:8
We are reminded that we only exist because God took the time to create and make us in the first place. In the Bible, we see how God moulded people from the earth (Genesis 2:7).
As you can see from these pictures, every student’s pot is unique and different. Despite using the same materials, following the same directions and watching the same demonstration, not a single pot looks the same. This is a great picture of us as people. God has moulded each one of us differently. We are all unique; one of a kind.
As we look around at our world, we are reminded daily that this world is not as God originally made it to be. It is a marred, imperfect reflection of His original intention. What an amazing mercy that God loves us enough to send Jesus to do the work on the cross necessary to repair our broken relationship with Him. This is an even greater wonder when we consider that God loves us so much that after He has saved us, He doesn’t leave us as we are. Through the challenges, trials and joys of life, as well as what we learn from His Word, He is continuing to mould us and shape us into the people He created us to be.
Year 2 have reflected on the fact that God is moulding us and shaping us into the people He wants us to be. When we thought about what we had to do to create our pots, we agreed that if the clay could feel us moulding and shaping, it probably wouldn’t enjoy it too much, especially when we decided to scrunch it back up into a ball and start again. Like moulding clay, the process of being moulded by God isn’t easy but it is always most definitely worth it. In Year 2, we were very pleased with the result of our moulding. I know with an expert potter on the job, we will be pleased when God has finished His work in our life too.