“The basic conviction of the Christian is that God intends good for us and that he will get his way in us. He does not treat us according to our deserts, but according to his plan. He is not a police officer on patrol, watching over the universe, ready to club us if we get out of hand or put us in jail if we get obstreperous. He is a potter working with the clay of our lives, forming and reforming, until, finally, he has shaped a redeemed life, a vessel fit for the kingdom.”

Eugene H. Peterson, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, p.64)