'The basic conviction of a 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 a 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'
A long obedience in the same direction, Eugene Peterson, p 64.