go to the potter’s house | Jeremiah 18.1-10
God told Jeremiah, “Up on your feet! Go to the potter’s house. When you get there, I’ll tell you what I have to say.”
So I went to the potter’s house, and sure enough, the potter was there, working away at his wheel. Whenever the pot the potter was working on turned out badly, as sometimes happens when you are working with clay, the potter would simply start over and use the same clay to make another pot.
Then God’s message came to me: “Can’t I do just as this potter does, people of Israel? God’s Decree! Watch this potter. In the same way that this potter works his clay, I work on you, people of Israel. At any moment I may decide to pull up a people or a country by the roots and get rid of them. But if they repent of their wicked lives, I will think twice and start over with them. At another time I might decide to plant a people or country, but if they don’t cooperate and won’t listen to me, I will think again and give up on the plans I had for them.” Jeremiah 18:1-10 | MSG
Another excerpt. Another author. Neil T. Anderson from The Common Made Holy. Go to the Potter’s House. Watch his work…
A long time ago the infinite and eternal Creator sat down at his potter’s wheel as he had so many times before. Everything he had made so far was very good, but this time he had something else in mind. He wanted to create something in his own image. Something, or better, someone who could personally relate to him. The potter had already fashioned living beings to inhabit planet earth, but this new creation would be different. Far more significant than all other earthen vessels, this new creation would be fruitful and multiply and rule over all the other created beings who flew in the sky, walked on the earth, or swam in the seas.
So he took a glob of clay and placed it on his wheel. As the wheel began to turn, he placed his thumbs in the center of the clay and formed the inward parts. Miraculously the clay began to take shape. As the wheel turned faster and faster, the clay began to rise from the earth from which it was taken. Fearfully and wonderfully he made this new creation which he had planned from the beginning of time. But he wasn’t done. Something was missing. The clay had no life. So he breathed into this earthen pot the breath of life and it became a living being. This fusion of divine life and earthly clay would make this new creation different from all the other created beings. What appeared to be common was indeed holy, and set part to do his will.
How has God been working on you lately? Where are you in your experience as “clay”: still in the bucket waiting to be used? being worked hard on the wheel? being reshaped? being fired in the kiln? Why?
Divine Potter, I yield my life as clay into your hands on your creative wheel of life – or waiting off to the side out of sight until you deem it’s time to move me onto the wheel. Let me trust more deeply in your handling of me, of my life. Through Jesus.