“But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter:
we are all the work of your hand.” Isaiah 64:8
When potters create, they often sign their work. The identifying mark could be a studio imprint in the clay, or it could display the potter’s name. Ancient pieces of pottery occasionally bear preserved fingerprints as well. These prints show how many people worked on the pots, and who crafted which parts.
God, as the Master Potter, has signed His work. He has created people with the mark of His own image. “…God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” – Genesis 1:27.
Here is the good news: although sin has defaced God’s creation, He can renew His image in us through salvation: “…and [we] have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its Creator.” –Colossians 3:10
When we grasp this fact — that we are all made in the image of God — it will change the way we look at ourselves. It will change the way we look at humanity, all bearing God’s image.
“We worship an endlessly creative God
whose thumbprints are reflected everywhere we look.”
(c) Lisa M. Luciano
Photo credit: Krys Alex