“This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2 “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” 3 So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. 4 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.
5 Then the word of the Lord came to me. 6 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).
The Potter carefully re-formed the “marred” pot. Sitting at the potter’s wheel, he gently, carefully and with great intentionality remade the pot into a vessel that was pleasing to himself. The “mars”, the scars, the imperfections gradually disappeared as the clay became more and more pliable to the Potter’s touch. He would press and pull. He would add a little water. He would spin and tug and pat his creation and remove the extra clay that got in the way of his intended design.
When the Potter removed his new creation from the wheel, he was pleased with the vessel that he had created and the purpose it would serve. But his creation was unfinished – the clay still soft and vulnerable. In order to make the pot stronger, there was still more to do.
The Potter put his creation in the kiln to bake – at just the right temperature for just the right amount of time under his careful supervision. Yes, the fire would be hot but the fiery heat would be the catalyst – the means by which the lump of clay would be able to live out its intended purpose. The lump of clay could now become a masterpiece that the Potter would put on display in order that others could see His handiwork. A masterpiece that would reflect the heart of the artist.