Recall is a term often associated with either food, prescription drugs, or a manufactured good. As consumers when an item is recalled it is a red flag for us to make sure the recall doesn’t apply to anything we have consumed or purchased.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration describes a recall as this, “A recall is when a product is removed from the market or a correction is made to the product because it is either defective or potentially harmful.”
Merriam Dictionary defines the word recall as, “to ask people to return (a product with a defect or problem)”
All the words associated with a recall leave room for concern, and as they should: problem, defective, potentially harmful.
What started out as a funny text thread between my sister in Christ and I turned into the Lord giving me this word. We were talking about her trying to jump ahead of God in a situation, while at the same time admitting that she knew she wasn’t ready. She then compared herself to that cheese it commercial where the scientist creating the cracker keeps sending it back because it wasn’t coming out cheesy enough, so it wasn’t ready. We began to joke about us missing parts and not being ready for different things, but when she mentioned that God was recalling her it stuck with me.
I began to envision all of us being made and developed in God’s heavenly factory, and His angels working the assembly line. Whenever they would come to someone on the production belt that had defects or missing parts, an alarm would go off and they would be thrown into the recall pile. The end result of our development was to be packaged and shipped to different seasons in our life: answering our call, courtship, marriage, parenthood, etc.
Once the Lord examined us at the final stage of production and realized we weren’t ready to be packaged and shipped, He recalled us for further development and corrections.
Concerning certain aspects of my life, I had to ask myself if I had been recalled by God because I wasn’t ready. Was I trying to step into my calling with defects? Did God have me in the recall pile so He could make sure I was the best finished product, but I kept trying to get packaged and shipped? Being recalled by God isn’t bad. He’s the manufacturer and the consumer of who and what you are. He’s not telling the world to send you back to Him so He can give them a refund, but He also knows the quality of the product He is trying to send into the world for His glory. And God ain’t gone have no defective product running around with His name on it!
God made each and every one of us so uniquely, and He knows EXACTLY how He wants us to come out. It may not be what you or others had in mind, but those opinions are irrelevant.
We always have to remember HE is the potter and We are the clay. Does a pot tell the potter how to mold it? Does it even talk? The potter has a design in mind and is molding it as he sees fit.
Jeremiah 18: 3-6 reads, “So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, working away at the wheel. But the jar that he was making from the clay became flawed in the potter’s hand, so he made it into another jar, as it seemed right for him to do. The word of the Lord came to me: House of Israel, can i not treat you as this potter treats his clay? this is the Lord’s declaration. Just like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, house of Israel.” (HCSB transalation)
The NLT version reads, “So I did as he told me and found the potter working at his wheel. But the jar he was making did not turn out as he had hoped, so he crushed it into a lump of clay again and started over. Then the Lord gave me this message: “O Israel, can I not do to you as this potter has done to his clay? As the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand.”
Do you see what the word says about the potter finding defects in what he was crafting? “He made it into another jar.” “He crushed it and started over.” This is what the Lord is doing with us when He recalls us off that production line. “No she needs another layer of humbleness painted on.” “I need to buff out the scratches of disobedience.” “I need to hammer in some nails of boldness.” I believe these are the things the Lord says to Himself as He examines us to see how we’re coming out.
The thing is when God has us in the recall pile, we decide we’re going to package ourselves like finished products anyway. Now we’ve ended up in different stages of our life a season too early with all of our defects, wondering why nothing is working out! We always want to tell God when we think we’re ready instead of asking that His will be done and not ours, and to send us according to His timing. Oh, we never want to wait, always jumping the gun!
Isaiah 45: 9: “What sorrow awaits those who argue with their Creator. Does a clay pot argue with its maker? Does the clay dispute with the one who shapes it, saying, ‘Stop, you’re doing it wrong!’ Does the pot exclaim, ‘How clumsy can you be?” (NLT)
Romans 9:19-20 “Well then, you might say, “Why does God blame people for not responding? Haven’t they simply done what he makes them do?”No, don’t say that. Who are you, a mere human being, to argue with God? Should the thing that was created say to the one who created it, “Why have you made me like this?” (NLT)
Self examination time. Ask yourself if you’ve been recalled by God concerning certain areas of your life. Take the time to truly assess your readiness for that job, for that relationship, for that calling, and chances are you’ll realize you’re not ready for those things at all. You’re not ready and God has told you you’re not ready. He’s recalled you for further development, but you don’t want to wait to be the finished product.
If it’s you, repent and ask God to finish His work, allow Him to. Before you know it He’ll remove that recall sticker and you’ll be ready to be packaged and shipped, to the right address at the right time.
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