2010-08-02 - Changing Our Hearts
Originally Published 2009-02-02
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)
"Change My Heart O God" by Eddie Espinosa is an encouraging song that draws me to the Jeremiah passage about the potter and the clay. There is a precise process in 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 first dries, and then is fired by heat, then glazed, and fired again. While moist, the piece can receive slight modifications or decorations.
I imagine the potter representing the Lord, and in turn I was the lump of clay. He was trying to form into a beautiful masterpiece. The potter didn't get annoyed or frustrated when the clay did not turn out right. He didn't blame the clay. Since the material was still usable, the potter started creating again. The potter, like God, sees the mound of clay as a finished product, and nothing changes His perspective. Just because I may mess up, God doesn't change. He is not afraid of extra work. He picks me up and starts over, just like the potter did with the clay object. God's vision for our life is still the same.
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.
What kind of masterpiece do you want to turn into?