Marks of the Potter

“But now, O LORD, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You our potter; and we are all the work of Your hand.” Isaiah 64:8  

At one point in my life I aspired to be an artist. So, during high school I enrolled in every art class available working my way into an advanced class where one of my favorite projects was pottery. I could literally sit at the potter’s wheel for hours attempting to create a “masterpiece” out of a lump of clay.

As I worked with the clay I discovered a few things. One is that the lump of clay can do nothing on its own. Until the potter takes the clay into his hands and begins to mold and shape it, the clay can only sit there on the wheel.

Another discovery had to do with the process of molding the clay. You see the potter has to gently apply water to the clay to keep it moldable and when one little part of the clay is resistant to the water it becomes dried out and difficult to work with usually marring the creation.

I also learned that no matter how hard I tried I could never create two pieces that were exactly the same. Each piece was shaped a little differently and had its own marks of beauty as well as imperfections.

Finally, the most important discovery was that the pottery has to remain in the potter’s hand to be useful. You see, a potter can create a beautiful pitcher and it can set on a table for people to admire, but if the pitcher remains in the potter’s hands it can be used to serve a refreshing drink to a thirsty soul.

We are much like the clay;

Like the clay, we will never become a thing of beauty without God’s touch.

Like the clay, we can have one little part of our life that is resistant to God’s molding. Like the clay, God has designed each of us slightly different for His purposes.

Like the clay, we must remain in God’s hands to be useful to Him.





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