Jeremiah 18:1-6 The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, (2) Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. (3) Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. (4) 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.(5) Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, (6) O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.
I have always loved this passage of the bible. I once had the opportunity to see someone shaping a pot on the wheel and I really learned a lot from it. Just like people clay can be difficult to work with at times. It can be stubborn, too dry, not stiff enough, or it can have air bubbles in it that can cause it to fall apart just as it is beginning to look like the perfect shape.
One of the things I learned was that when the vessel was marred and the potter had to start over one of the things that had to be done was that the clay had to be pounded and worked until it became the right texture for the potter to mold. Whenever you are going through something difficult it might be good to ask yourself if you are being prepared to be molded into a vessel of service.
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