ALLOWING THE POTTER TO WORK ON YOU
“The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Come, go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. The vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as seemed good to him. Then the word of the Lord came to me: Can I not do with you, O house of Israel, just as this potter has done? says the Lord. Just like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.” (Jeremiah 18:1-6)
When I was in law school, one of my housemates was “Pete the Potter.” Pete Pinnell was getting his MFA from CU and made beautiful stoneware pottery. Our kitchen cupboards were supplied with many of his beautiful plates, bowls, mugs, and pitchers. It was fascinating to go by his studio on campus and watch him “working at his wheel.”
The prophet Jeremiah - at the Lord’s request - went down to the local potter’s house, where he was to “hear [the Lord’s] words.” (verse 2, above) As the potter was making a vessel that “was spoiled” and then reworked into another vessel, “as seemed good to him”, Jeremiah heard the Lord say: “Can I not do with you, O house of Israel, just as this potter has done? says the Lord. Just like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.”
I wonder how the Lord is working on you right now. How is the Lord working on us as a church? How moldable are we? Can we let go and trust that the Potter knows what is best for us?
Are we willing to allow God to fashion us into people who are really good listeners... people who act faithfully on the impulses we hear to reach out to someone in need? Are we willing to let God reveal and smooth out our rough edges? Are we allowing God to fashion us into people who - as mothers, fathers, sales people, teachers, health care professionals, administrators, engineers, business entrepreneurs, IT specialists, clergy, scientists, accountants, managers, bookkeepers, lawyers, consultants, web designers, laborers and volunteers - bring love, light, and healing to the world?
How willing are we to be the clay? How will we allow God to fashion us this day, and this year?