The Potter And The Clay
God sent Jeremiah down to the potters house to observe the potter
throwing a pot, that is, creating a vessel. A potter first chooses
the clay as God chooses us. He adds water to soften the clay and kneads
it as a woman would with dough. The water represents the Word of
God. The clay is then placed in the center of the potter's wheel
which represents the circumstances surrounding our lives. As he begins
to turns the wheel, he begins to skillfully shape the vessel using his
hands to press against the clay. He continually to adds water along the
way to keep the vessel pliable. He puts either his thumb or forefingers
into the vessel applying pressure between the two to form the shape of
If he finds a lump in the clay, he crushes the vessel with his
hands, adds more water, and again kneads the clay until it becomes pliable.
He places the clay back on the wheel and starts over reshaping the vessel.
The potter may also take a sharp tool to etch special designs into his
God, as the potter, has a design in mind for us. He often
places us into the middle of our circumstance, adds the water of the Word,
kneads us and begins to shape us through the pressure of His hands. If
He finds a hard lump, He does not throw us away, but crushes us, adds more
of the Word and starts over again.