This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. 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. Then the word of the Lord came to me. He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel
A lump of clay and humans have a lot more in common than it seems. Both are made up of minerals and lots of water. Even clay can be made into anything just like humans can become anything they aspire to anything.
The potter’s hands is like the hands of God.
There is more than one step when creating a vessel on a wheel. The first step is creating the wedge. In that stage, you need to apply pressure and stress just to get all of the air out. If you don’t it will wobble or blow up in the kiln. Just like putting pressure and stress on the clay, we also go through stress and consequences to get the perfect design. God knows the perfect design by creating every single one of us and gets to decide what we are born to be and what personalities and interests we will have. After all of the air gets out, it is time to attach the clay to the wheel. The clay needs to be attached through the hands of the potter just like we need to attach ourselves to the hands of God.
The next step is centering the clay on the wheel. If not, the clay will wobble, tear up, or lose a lot of clay. We need to learn to be centered so we can look to God in hard and dark times. The potter’s hands are very wise and firm and it is the duty of the potter to tell the clay what to do. God always needs to tell us what to do. He tells us what to do and he also leads, guides, and helps reduce friction in our lives.
Once centered, it is time to start creating an actual opening. The same is true for us as humans. We need to open ourselves to the Father in enter our very core, which is the Holy Spirit. Now it is time for the clay and us to start growing. The clay starts out by growing virtually and we start out by growing vertically in our relationships in Christ. The potter has to know what shape it will be. The potter knows to remove the bad in his piece and the knows how to strengthen the good in the vessel.
The potter does talk about pots, which is kind of like an analogy to the outside of the humans body. People fail to realize that who we really are as a person is who we are in the inside. The most important part of the vessel is the actual inside. Once the vessel is finally shaped, it is time to cut the vessel from the wheel. The potter knows to let the vessel air dry because he knows this is the time when the vessel is the most fragile. At this time, anything can happen. The vessel can become broken. As humans, this is when we tend to get discouraged and tend to go through a rather hurtful time in our lives.
While sitting in the kiln, the vessel become a ceramic. The potter needs to listen just like God needs to listen when we are in the fire. When we enter the fire, we become a new creation. The potter needs to know when the kiln is a certain degrees and needs to know when it take it out. The same also works for God.
In ceramics, no two pots are exactly the same. The same is true for humans. No two humans are exactly the same. We all have different personalities, lives, strengths, weaknesses, interests, dreams, and goals. The hand of God is comforting, safe, powerful, faithful, wise, and loving.
Are you willing to put yourself into the potter’s hands?