(Isaiah 64: 8 says, "Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are the works of your hand." Do you believe? Do you believe that God is the one who made us, who molds us and shapes us? Sure, I think most of us believe it. I certainly believe. Which raises a second question: If we believe God is the Potter and we are the clay, then why do we so often act as if it is the other way around? We go to God with our wish list of thing we want God to do for us. We say to God, "Shape me this way; color me that way; shape me just the way I want." Now that doesn't mean we are asking God to shape us in bad ways or give us frivolous things. It does mean that we like to be in control of what God does in our lives. We like to be in charge of our personal spiritualities. We pray, "God, give me compassion for others," while in the back of our minds we are saying, "but not too compassionate. I don't want to be a fool." Or we say, "God, make me your servant," while whispering to ourselves, "but don't bother me from 8 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday when my favorite show is on." Rather it should be the clay in the hands of the Potter.