Who was it that said things to you that you continue to quote in your head? What experiences with people did you have that shaped, changed or molded you along the way? Part of this series intent is for each of us to remember, relive, and recall those moments, those events, those people that equipped you for your life confidences and direction and your ongoing spiritual formation.
Who are those people,... chance or obscure encounters?....
.......The reality is that people enter into our lives all the time, and we never know what act or phrase they may make that will forever shape us no matter how old we are. Maybe that is the excitement of the new creation of each day, we are forever a work of clay in God’s hands, and God uses the ordinary places, people, and events in our lives to continue to direct and support us. It could be today that it happens, and rare are the times when we actually know that it is happening in the present – most of the time it is only with hindsight that we realize it.
(From Pastor Randy's sermon 6/9/2013)
From Pamela -- I love the statement "we are forever a work of clay in God's hands. The possibility of being molded or shaped or reshaped every day provides so much hope!
It is important, I think, to remember that each person is being molded every day. It is unfaithful to declare "that person can NEVER change", whether it is myself or someone else.
If God is always up to something new, then part of our job is to recognize and appreciate qualities that are sprouting within that make us "wonder".
One of my chance encounters was with a man I met at a Lenten Supper when I was "new" in the faith. He was near me only a few minutes. Our conversation was fleeting. He asked me "what do you do here at Pearl Road UMC?" I said: "I don't know. I am just starting to wonder about this church stuff and Jesus and all of that."
He held my hand for a moment. He looked into my eyes and said: "Stay close to the fire!"
I have never forgotten that encounter or his words or his eyes. But I have no idea who he is or what he does or where he came from. I never saw him before or since. Yet it was a formative moment to which I return regularly.