2009-02-02 - A Masterpiece
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. (Jeremiah 18:4 NIV)
There is a precise process into developing pottery. The potter prepares the dry clay by sifting it, and then putting the clay in water. Once he gets the desired texture, the clay is ready to be shaped. The formed clay dries, and then is fired by heat. During the drying, the piece can receive any modifications or decorations.
I imagined the potter's role similar to God. The potter did not get annoyed or frustrated when the clay didn't turn out right. He did not blame the clay. Since the material was still useable, the potter started creating again. He wasn't afraid of extra work.
We are the lump of clay God is trying to form into a beautiful masterpiece. Just because we may mess up, God doesn't change. He picks us up and starts over, just like the potter did with the clay object. God's vision for our lives is still the same. It reaffirms His unconditional love for us.
Lord, Reading about Jeremiah's experience at the potter's shop reminds me of Your constant presence. The passage wiped away the pressure I felt to be perfect. Go ahead and start molding me, right where I am. I am ready. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
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