Ceramics 101

For You formed my inward parts;
You knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are Your works;
my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in Your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them. Psalm 139:13-16

One of my favorite things to talk about is God’s creation mainly because it incorporates two of my passions: art and science. The more I learn about medicine, the more I learn how much of an art form it really is. Sure there are protocols and recommendations based off of objective research, but no two patients will receive the same exact treatment and care. What one medication may work for one patient might be completely ineffective in another. You got to love the art of medicine!

This rotation of PA school has been incredibly humbling mainly because there is so much about human beings that I just don’t know! In the classroom, we are taught one disease at a time, but in real life that’s hardly ever the case. There were always multiple things going on like heart failure, renal disease, anemia, infection, and electrolyte imbalances all simultaneously. With so much going on, how do we manage to help people get better enough to leave the hospital? We honestly don’t.

I’ll always remember what my resident told me, “The body is really great about healing itself. We just help it along sometimes with a push.” When you really think about it, how amazing is that? God is not only the best Creator/Artist, He is also the most incredible Scientist/Engineer that never messes up a calculation or formula. You will be amazed how perfectly the human body is designed down to the very width of a capillary to ensure that your tissues get oxygenated blood. This is just one of MANY examples.

I’m sure you’re familiar with the concept that we are the clay and God is the One who molds us. Before I go on, watch this video that just blew my entire notion of that entire process. I hope you were dumbfounded as I was! My favorite in the video was probably the second one where the artist uses his sharp tool to tediously cut out the clay to create intricate designs. As he continued to scrape off the clay a myriad of colors appeared transforming the entire piece!

Can you imagine how God does His handiwork on you and me? We start out as this ugly lump of clay, but with just a little bit of water and pressure from His hands, the ugly clay takes shape literally from the inside out. He pushes away the clay and creates this immense room (your heart) that contains the potential to be filled! (It is up to you what you fill it with.) When He starts using the sharper tools to scrape and cut out, that will hurt. A lot. When you’re in that season of enduring the pain and you are literally spinning out of control, know that the spinning will stop and God will make everything beautiful in His time.

Another aspect of those ceramic works of art is their practicality. Sure the creations are beautiful to look at, but these finished pieces have a purpose to play! They were never meant to be up on a shelf behind a glass door to be admired from afar. No, they are all called for different purposes to be used on a daily basis. God has fashioned you for a daily purpose. Don’t be trapped behind a glass door collecting dust.

I remember a time in my life when I felt so worthless because I would constantly compare myself to other people. “I’m not pretty enough. I’m not unique enough. I’m not smart enough. I’m so awkward. There is nothing interesting or desirable about me.” God was so gracious to personally show me how wrong I was to think that! I was essentially undermining the work of the Master by telling Him, “Hey, nice try but this one is a complete dud.”

The entire concept of time is perplexing to me. Don’t forget that a year for us could be a thousand for God, but it’s also true vice versa. The best way I can describe it is when I am working on an art piece. Sometimes when I first start on something, time drags on and on but really just an hour has passed by. However, when I get completely engrossed in my work, 3-4 hours can pass by in a blink. Imagine how engrossed God must be to actively work in every moment of your life. My mom may have carried me for 9 months in her womb, but my Father has been working relentlessly on me for 24+ years. He will continue until He decides that His creation is complete and finished. The same goes for you.

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