The Skillful Potter

I went down to the potter's house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel.… Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: "O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?" —Jeremiah 18: 3-6

Clay is one of the most common materials on earth. In its raw form, it has very little value. Its potential lies in the hands of the potter. If skillful, he can take that lump of clay and shape it into a beautiful, expensive vessel worth thousands of dollars. All the clay has to do to obtain its full potential is just yield itself completely to the potter's touch. 

If you submit to Him, you will gradually begin to see the shape God is forming in you.

As the potter begins, he kneads the clay to remove any lumps and to create elasticity so that the clay will conform to his touch. Sometimes as God begins His work in our lives, we get impatient. We want to see immediate change. But unless time is taken to prepare the clay properly, it can never be made into a valuable vessel. 

God already has in His mind what He wants to do with the lump of clay that is you. Stay on the wheel. Yield to His touch. And watch the beauty He creates in you. 

Father, we want to become vessels of glory that please You. Forgive us for our stubbornness and for our resistance to Your touch. May we surrender ourselves fully unto You. In Jesus' name we pray, amen.