“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 as seemed best to him.  Then the word of the Lord came to me; ‘O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?’ declares the Lord.  ‘Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.’”  Jer 18: 1-6

I know very little about making pottery; I’ve watched a few videos on YouTube and it looks messy, but interesting.  I did learn enough to know that “centering” is an important step in the process.  If the clay isn’t centered on the wheel, the potter isn’t going to be very successful with his product.  Sometimes, the clay is so far off center that the potter just throws it into the “clay pile” and starts over.  God used the analogy of the potter and the clay to describe our relationship to Him.  He created us so He should have the authority to do as He pleases with us.  And I certainly think our modern culture is not centered on His wheel.

There was one time in history that the Potter just said “I’m starting over” and threw the clay back into the pile.  Gen 6 says the Lord was “grieved that He had made man on the earth, and His heart was filled with pain.  So the Lord said, ‘I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth… for I am grieved that I have made them.’”  Sometimes I wonder how close we are to that point now.  When I see the violence and hatred that was demonstrated most recently in Charlottesville, I think surely we must be close.  But it isn’t just Charlottesville, it’s pretty widespread.  Chicago is experiencing record numbers of violent crime and is often in the news.  All of the terrorist attacks in Paris, London; you never know who’s next.  Even right here close to our own home we have enough problems.

Then I see the tragedy in Houston and how people are helping those in need.  People from far away are sending supplies and going to the area to help those who have been displaced and have lost so much.  It is the best side of humanity on display and we see it every time a major tragedy occurs like Katrina and the tornadoes that have ripped apart so many states (including our own).  We obviously still have some kindhearted and loving individuals in our world; they just don’t show up in the news as often they should.  And if you have been on the receiving end of that love and care it is hard to describe how much it means when you are hurting so badly.  It’s like an injection of energy that gives you enough strength to take the next step when you think you are about to fall.   I have relatives in the Houston area that will be experiencing that if they haven’t already; you are in our thoughts and prayers.

One thought on “ON THE POTTER’S WHEEL

  1. You are right Steve about the goodness of people when tragedy strikes. My children were fortunate and did not suffer loss from this, just displacement for a week. However Nicole, James and the girls helped a family in a nearby neighborhood. Nicole said it was amazing how a truck full of young men came by and removed all the damaged Sheetrock…they were strangers going house to house and doing their job, asking nothing in return. She had many stories similar to this. The news media just doesn’t find goodness newsworthy I’m afraid. keep the Texas coastal area in your prayers and thank God for all the everyday heroes who are simply showing up


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