“Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.” Jeremiah 18:34 Face it…we all have days that we believe we can anticipate everyone’s next move; when we fearlessly face whatever comes next. Then there are days when nothing seems to go right, when the day seems completely disjointed and irregular. Where’s God when life seems so disconnected? The Prophet Jeremiah reveals a truth for us we often overlook. As I read through this passage in Jeremiah, I noted that the vessel the potter “made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter”. In His hand–not mine. He was forming and shaping. He was designing and working into me the design as He saw fit, the depth and width of His choosing. As He worked, the vessel was marred. So He started from scratch! He started over again and made “another vessel”. This concept is very difficult for us to understand. Just like a computer, sometimes God ‘reboots’ our lives. We need to be reminded that God’s transforming grace does not end at the moment we take Jesus on in baptism. God is constantly molding (us) His vessel for His plan and purpose. As HIS vessel, it really doesn’t matter whether we’re used to hold water, display flowers or even sit empty gathering dust on the shelf. God is using us. We may not know how; we may wonder if we have been forgotten because the spot in which He has placed us seems a wasted space, without activity. Remind yourself that these kind of thoughts focus on ourselves rather than our Lord. Whenever you feel disjointed or disconnected remind yourself that God’s plan and purpose for your life doesn’t need your understanding in order to find fulfillment! All He needs is our willingness to accept HIS direction for our lives.
Have a blessed day and remember the One who gave it to you! Kevin
Kevin Lough is the minister at the Whitehall Church of Christ in Fairmont WV.