Reading: Jeremiah 18: 1-11
Jeremiah 18 opens at the potter’s house. The potter forms the clay into a desired form. But if the form is flawed, the clay is reformed and reshaped. The clay can be remade into what it was intended to be. And so it is with us. God has a plan and a purpose for each of us. We can become flawed but through God’s love and mercy we can be reformed and reshaped. We can be reshaped over and over and over again into the creation that God intends us to be.
Oh how we can fight this process. We can turn away from God and we can even run away at times. We can and often do act as if we were the one in control. Yet God continues to work on us, to mold us into who we were created to be. When we take a fork in the road that God did not want us to take, another fork is being prepared to guide us back to God’s path. God never gives up.
Jeremiah 18:1 says, “the Word came” to Jeremiah. This is still true for us. God is always right there, always ready to re-engage us, ready to reshape and reform us, always ready to restore us. The Word that comes draws us back to God. The Word that comes will be specific to us and to God’s purposes. The Word may be one of promise and hope. It may be one of comfort and peace. It may be one of direction and discipline. It may be one of forgiveness and mercy. It will be what we need.
Unlike the clay that is placed on the wheel and taken into the potter’s hands, we have a role to play. If we desire to hear the Word that God has for us, we need to seek God out and to be receptive to the Word that God comes with. This day, may we seek God and may we be willing vessels in God’s hands. May we be who God created us to be.