Friday, May 4, 2012

In the Potter's House

"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."
Jeremiah 18:3-4

The potter selects a portion of clay from His vat. He cradles the lump, and whispers to it.

"I love you."

He centers the clay on His wheel, and His sure hands begin to form the shapeless mass.

"I see you," He murmurs. "I know you."

The Potter's wheel spins at a kick of His heel, and as His tears wet the clay, His hands shape it into an intricate, fragile vessel...a unique creation...His masterpiece.

The Potter's foot brakes the wheel. It slows to a halt; He leans forward and tilts His head.  A weak spot--a thinning in the clay. He nods. A single tear from His eye fills the jar; a gentle sigh from His heart echoes throughout Heaven.

His Breath stirs the depths of the tear-filled clay vessel.

You are born.

"Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand.."
Jeremiah 18:6

The Potter's outstretched arms tremble. His fingers tingle.

The weak spot in His creation is giving way under the stress. Light is breaking through. Its flaw has been realized.

"I've been waiting for you," the Creator groans.

His vessel crumbles into His palms. Broken. Reduced to nothing. Dust at its Maker's mercy.

"Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you..."
Jeremiah 1:8

In the Potter's graceful hands, the dust is saturated with tears born of His joy. The lump of clay is reshaped into a beautiful new creation. The broken is recreated. The disfigured is reformed. The imperfect is made perfect.

The Creator rejoices over His creation. His gentle love song, breathed into His new vessel, echoes and overflows into the world.

"I love you," He whispers. "I will never leave you."

And then He sets you free.

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
Jeremiah 1:5


Authors Note: Inspired in part by Billy Graham's article Made, Marred and Made Again in the February 2012 issue of Decision Magazine.


  1. I almost held my breath reading this Cat... its tender beauty whispered to my heart and will remain with me today, as I ponder such grace and love from Him who formed me.
    I love you, Girl!!

  2. This was so beautiful! I needed to hear this today. Thank you

  3. Just gorgeous, dear Cat. Needed this reminder.

  4. Beautiful, wonderful post full of grace and love from the Lord. Thank you!

  5. Cat, this whole potter thing has spoken to me for years. But you wrapped it all up and tied it with a beautiful bow. Love it. And you.

  6. Thank you all so much for your loving comments. You are a blessing!! God prompted me over and over to write about the Potter and the clay, and when I "gave in", these are the words He gave me in return.

  7. Could have used this last Sunday when I was teaching on Hebrews. Great thoughts CAT.

  8. We need to remember that when we are "crumpled," it is God's way of wanting to fix a weak spot in us. Thanks, Cat ((hugs))

  9. I don't want to say "I told you so" but...I told you people would be blessed! You are beautiful from the inside out my friend and greatly used by your creator. Thankful for you and your encouraging words.

  10. Cat, for Jewels, this is just one of the Best--so inspirational and so beautiful. Thanks, Girl!

  11. Amen to each comment because I can't think of thing to add except "Thank you." This post is so picturesque and memorable. It makes me want to get in line to be remolded. God Bless.



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