I’ve always been fascinated by potter’s wheels. I don’t know what it is. Maybe its the way the clay just bends and shapes so easily. It’s so amazing to watch a lump of clay turn into something.
We all know the story in Jeremiah in the bible where God told him to go to the potter’s house. When Jeremiah went he watched the potter working with clay on the wheel. When it didn’t do what the potter wanted, he scrapped it and started over. God spoke to him using this and said he would do the same with Israel. That’s putting the story in very basic black and white writing, but I think you get the picture.
I can’t help but compare myself to the clay. On my own, I can do nothing. I’m just a lump of clay. However, the Master picks me up and places me on the wheel. He forms me into the vessel he wants me to be. But guess what happens, this lowly piece of clay begins to get out of balance. Before we know it the beautiful vessel that was being created is back to being a lump.
I know I’m not the only one. Everyone of us has went through this process. Some of us may have went through it numerous times. You’d think he’d get tired of trying to work with a stubborn piece of clay and move onto something else, but he doesn’t. He is patient and kind. He breaks us down and starts again. The process of breaking however isn’t one that’s fun. It’s necessary but not fun.
You see we can do nothing on our own. Not one single thing. We need Jesus to change us into the vessels that are fit for his service. When the piece of clay begins to think it knows more than the potter, then you have problems.
What can we do to help the process along? Read your bibles daily. Seek God. Don’t just pray, but really seek God. When you begin to put your flesh under subjection, you find that being on the potter’s wheel is much easier.
I’lI leave you with this song that I love by Daniel Bashta. This is one of the cries of my heart. I want to be a vessel fit for his service. So… Place me on the potter’s wheel. Spin me until there’s nothing left but you in my life. Brokenness is what I want so do a work here in my heart, so when you look at me, you see your reflection.