Sitting before the wheel, the potter carefully surveys what he would like to create. The purpose, size, shape, color of his creation. He chooses which clay he would like to use. He takes the cold shapeless clay and throws it onto the spinner’s wheel. He begins to mold this bland boring clay into his very own life-filled creation. The potter drips beads of sweat because the clay can be harder than he would prefer, and he must dispose of the parts he doesn’t like. The creation is placed into the kiln, made beautiful by the blazing heat. The potter paints his piece, and must place it in the heat once more. At last! The creation comes out, though a piece requiring hard work, it is more beautiful than anything the potter has seen. He admires his creation. It is good.
“Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” Isaiah 64:8
Humbling, isn’t it? God – the creator of our complex and beautiful universe – took time to focus on each and every single one of us. Like a potter does clay, He chose our purpose, size, shape, color. When we allow Him, He refines us through fire. He draws us close through the molding.
He covers us with His blood. He desires us. When we fall before Him in glory, He thinks we’re beautiful.
We are His creation. We are the works of His hands.
“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.’’ Jeremiah 18:1-6
Sometimes the Lord’s molding can be heart wrenchingly difficult. We lose a loved one, fall into temptations, get into financial troubles. We are reminded for the 1000th time that Jesus wants our everything, but we can’t seem to give up a certain area or let go of an earthly pleasure. Yet still, we feel the potter trying to mold us and make us like Himself. We read scripture to remind us why He wants us to surrender our all. We are reminded that the end result is stunning! The hard days of resisting Satan’s schemes will one day be rewarded. Trusting in Jesus to mold us into the beautiful creation He so desires can be challenging when we aren’t yet at the end result. However, we can always trust the potter. He values His creation. And we certainly are His unique, valuable creation.