I love watching potters work. Their process doesn’t always make sense to my untrained eye. I’ll watch as the potter shapes the clay on the wheel, building it up only to flatten it back out and reshape the clay. The potter spins and molds and shapes the clay into something beautiful and useful, but often what I think looks finished is only a step in the process. Unmaking is part of the process of making.
I feel like the clay sometimes. I think I know where things are going, then God puts his hands back on the wheel and changes the shape. Moving on means finding new rhythms, letting go of old patterns, and tearing down my shoddy workmanship to make way for his foundation. Sometimes our unmaking has to proceed our making.
That’s the theme behind Nichole Nordeman’s latest release, The Unmaking. Here’s what Nichole said about this new album:
“Before things in our lives can be resurrected and given new life, certain things must die. Before beauty blooms in spring, roots must do the hard work under the hard frozen soil of winter. Before you renovate and re-build, you tear down the parts of the structure that are weak or damaged or dangerous. Before we make, we must unmake.”