God is the Potter; we are the clay. He's the Shepherd; we are the sheep. He's the Master; we are the servant.
No matter how educated we are, no matter how much power and influence we may think we have, no matter how long we have walked with Him, no matter how significant we may imagine ourselves to be in His plan...none of that qualifies us to grasp the first particle of why He does what He does when He does it and how He chooses to do it.
The amazing thing is that even in the midst of disappointment, surprise, and mystery, you will discover how very reliable and trustworthy God is—and how secure you are in His hands.
Puzzling as the process may be to us, He stays with His plan. There is no need for us to know all the reasons, and He certainly doesn't need to explain Himself.
Potters work with the clay, they don't fret over it...or ask permission to remake the clay into whatever they wish.
Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way (Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.