I love the story of the potter and the clay. Jeremiah was commissioned by the Lord to go down to the potter’s house. If he would go there, God would cause him to hear His words. I find it interesting that God did not tell Jeremiah to go down to the temple, or go to a priest to receive a message from the Lord. He told him to go watch the potter doing his daily work. Sometimes, God reveals Himself in unexpected places and at unexpected times.
The majority of Gods promises are conditional. If Jeremiah would go, he would receive a word from the Lord. What he discovered was the potter’s place was filled with raw materials; clay, water, vessels drying, vessels to be fired, finished vessels, all in different colors, shapes and sizes, waiting to be touched by their potter, each one a special treasure to Him, each one handled according to its progress. Jeremiah discovered the potter’s house, to be a place of intimacy.
The vessel was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make. I read that the potter takes his nails and digs into the palms of each hand; just enough to make an indentation, so that the clay will adhere to his hands. Even when you resist the hands of your Your Potter; with His nail scarred hands, He places you back onto His wheel, and begins to fashion you into the vessel He would have you to become.
Prayer in Motion:
Lord, may I stay on the potter’s wheel, until I become the vessel You want me to be.