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