“The Potter and the Clay”

“So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.   Then the word of the Lord came to me. He said, ‘Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?’ declares the Lord. ‘Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.’”  –Jeremiah 18:3-6

Recently, I had the opportunity to observe a woman do some pottery work.  From lumps of clay, she used a small bowl of water, a potter’s wheel, and some other tools to create some differently-shaped pots.  However, without these additional tools, she could not have molded the clay into the unique pieces she designed.

This is very contrary to the work of our Lord.  He is the Great Potter, and we are His lumps of clay.  He can mold any of us solely through His divine touch, creating us into finished products with endless possibilities.

Lord, You are the Great Potter.  We are Your clay.  Help each of us to be open to Your divine touch as You mold, shape, and form us into who we need to become this day.  In Your holy name I pray, Amen.   


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