Reading: Jeremiah 18: 1-11
When working with clay, the potter molds the clay into what he or she intended it to be. At times it became marred or flawed or not exactly what the potter had planned. So the potter reshapes the clay so that it becomes something beautiful and useful.
Imagine if the clay had a mind of its own. What would happen if the potter was trying to form a serving platter and the clay wanted to be a vase? As the potter tried to smooth and flatten out the clay, the clay kept rising up. Soon enough the potter would give up or would allow the clay to become a vase. But the clay is not becoming what the potter intended. To the potter the creation will never be as beautiful or useful as it could have been. Although it may function as a base and hold water, the potter will not see it as beautiful.
Growing up God often shapes us through the hands of parents, teachers, Sunday school leaders, youth group leaders… We are molded and shaped as young Christians. Before we move on to becoming mature Christians, we often seek our own way. Whether in high school or college or young adulthood, we start to see ourselves as the center of all things. We think we know do much and decide we will be the ones calling the shots. We are like the clay that wanted to become a vase. Over the course of a few years or maybe decades, we wander far from God.
Yet the Creator’s love for us never wains. God continues to bring us back to the purposes that were laid out for our lives before we were born. God does not give up. It is a love so great. In time, the seeds of faith begin to sprout again for most of us. We come to know God again and we begin to walk in God’s ways again. We begin to become the beautiful and useful creation we were meant to be. Life just seems better again because we are in the palm of God’s hands. For your faithfulness, O God, we say thank you.