All To Thee I Surrender
When a worker takes soft clay in his hand, he can create objects of beauty because of the pliability of the material. Clay is the ultimate simulacrum, essentially able to mimic whatever the hand creates the material to be. When pliable the artist can shape, mold and fashion the clay with ease. As the mud begins to harden, it is difficult to change. Isaiah uses the image of the potter working with the clay as a parabolic story of God’s relationship to His people. Earlier the prophet had shown how silly it is to imagine the potter to be esteemed as the clay and the thing made say of him who made it, “He did not make me”? Why would man say of God (his Creator and Maker) “He has no understanding”? Reinforcing this illustration the man of God declared the failure of those who would strive with his Maker! How can anyone rebel against the Father denying the one who made all men; forming them like clay?
The relationship we have with God the Father is one of total surrender. Our hearts must be soft to accept the nurturing hand of the great Creator to mold our lives by His will. There is nothing more soothing than to allow the beauty of the Father to permeate our hearts, minds and souls to be fashioned by His hands into an image of eternal glory. Full surrender is yielding all of our life to the Father. If God can create a world that leaves us breathless as we stand in awe of His creative hand what can I see Him doing in my life as He holds me like soft clay. I cannot mold myself. If I allow others to mold me, they will seek to fashion me in their image. Both will end in disaster. When I go back to Genesis 1 and see how powerful and majestic the creation of God is described I will be able to see how I can be formed by that same hand into something more beautiful than the entire universe.
Remember that with all the beauty of this world there is a tragic end. One day it will be burned up. The greatest splendor of creation is found in the image of a godly man and woman. When the Father creates the heart of truth and righteousness within the soul of man there is no end to its beauty. It lives forever. Accepting the hand of the heavenly potter to mold my life will give me the hope of living without end. The treasures of Heaven will be the vessels of God’s creation basking in His light and glory. He created us for His glory.
Total surrender takes a lot of will. The more we soften our hearts to His love the more He will fashion us for good. Trusting in the Lord God means letting go of self and receiving the tender molding of the Master Potter. He knows what is best for our lives. Mold me Lord into Your image that I may shine forth the glory of Your creation. All to thee I surrender – ALL.
If we trust, and if we relinquish our will, and yield to the divine will, then we find that we are afloat on a buoyant sea of peace and under us are the everlasting arms. (Helen Keller, Story of My Life, 1905)