A Piece of Clay


“Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.”   Isaiah 64:8

In my previous blog, Something Valuable, I shared my perspective on love and how we equate how people love us to how God loves us. What we need to understand is that we are a piece of clay that God has decided to shape and mold into something beautiful and usable.  We are not just a lump of clay that has no purpose or meaning, but rather are to be a result of the work of his hand in our life.  We are to reflect Him.

Today, I want to travel to the potter’s house to see what God has to say to us.  The Bible says,

“Go down to the potter’s house and there I will give you my message.”  Jeremiah 18:1-2

When we arrive at the potter’s house, we see the potter (God) is always at work shaping the clay….

“So, I went down to the potter’s house and saw him working at the wheel.  But the pot he was shaping was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot; shaping it as it seemed best to him.”  Jeremiah 18:3

The clay that the potter was working with was “marred.”  The word marred means ruined.  As the potter was spinning the wheel the clay did not take proper shape, thus, it became a ruined piece of clay in his hands.  That does not mean the clay is not usable.  No, not at all!  What happens now is the potter begins to reshape, remold and remake the clay that did not take the form that the potter had intended. It is a work in progress.  It takes careful attention and detail by the potter to be sure that the once lump of clay turns into the shape and size of pottery that he intends.  Remember, the potter has the the design in mind of what the clay will become, not the clay itself.

All clay(which is us) is imperfect.  All clay has flaws and debris that needs removed.   Not one piece of clay is perfect.  Someone probably needs to take a big sigh of relief and let themselves off the hook right here.  It is okay to not be perfect.   God can still use you with your flaws and make you into something beautiful.  The art of pottery is a beautiful thing.   Let me elaborate.

As the potter (God) takes a lump of clay (us), even a marred piece, he carefully sits the clay on the wheel and begins to let is spin.  As the clay (us) spins, the potter (God) begins to gently place his hands on it.  He allows the clay to rest in his hands and the clay feels the warmth from the potter.  The clay relaxes.  As the potter’s wheel spins, the clay becomes more pliable and the potter forms a base for the clay.  That base is vitally important to the final product.  Without a perfectly centered base, the pottery piece may later crack causing it to break apart or crumble.  But as the clay (us) is formed by the potter (God) with a perfect base (centered on Him, our foundation) now a beautiful thing can happen.  The potter can then begin to make the clay into the piece he intended!

That is powerful if you get it.  When Jesus is the center of our lives,  when we build our foundation on the Word of God, we become a stable, steady and balanced piece.  We have a foundation that is rooted and built up in Jesus (Colossians 2:7).  Why is this so important?

Teenagers who have a balanced center, will make wiser choices in middle school and high school regarding relationships and purity.  They will realize that their choice that seems unpopular at the time will keep them from emotional wounds and baggage as a newly married wife and mother.

As a new wife, if we are not balanced with a strong foundation, we may not be far greater than rubies (Proverbs 31) but rather a thorn or a thistle in our husband’s lives.  We may not be willing to be led, but rather be argumentative and stuck in our ways.  With Christ as the base of our marriage, together with our husband, we can have a beautiful thing that far too many people desire, but far too many lack – a marriage of respect, loyalty, honesty, joy and peace.

We need to remember that the potter makes no mistakes.  He is the one who is perfect.  He is the flawless one.  The clay has flaws and remember that is okay.  Not one of us, not one of us, and I mean not one of us is perfect.  We all fall short.  But we all have one thing in common that is perfect and his name is Jesus.  When our world is rocked, when the waves are crashing in over our heads and we think that we may drown, when the world is falling apart  – if God is our center (perfectly balanced) he will hold us together when everything else seems to lie in ruins.

“He is before all things and in Him all things hold together.”  Colossians 1:17 


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