August 6; Malleable

Jeremiah 14:1-15:9, 18:1-9:13, 24:1-10

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be malleable clay in the hands of a potter? Those hands pushing and stretching, applying pressure both firm and gentle, shaping and re-shaping toward a finished product only his mind can see?

Sometimes, if there is an imperfection, the potter might take the clay back to a formless clump by squeezing the clay between the palms of his hands. Then, once any trace of the imperfection is gone, the process begins again. The hands begin to knead, the wheel begins to spin, the fingers begin to work, and at just the right moment, a perfect form begins to appear, carefully fashioned by the potter’s hands.

Jeremiah is speaking to dry clay, hardened by drought, that would only break into pieces when the potter tries to form something beautiful. A clump of dry clay is fairly useless on a potter’s wheel.

But the potter, by adding just enough water to that dry clump, can restore it to a pliable form. Oh, it takes some strong hands to work that water through the crusty clay, to break it down, to soften it. But a skilled potter can restore that parched piece of clay, then form it into a beautiful, useful piece of pottery, that he can be proud of.

I want to be that malleable piece of clay in the hands of The Potter, the Creator God. I don’t want there to be any signs of dryness or imperfection, so that He can make me into something beautiful and useful for His purposes.

So I will continue to spend time in God’s Word every day. I’ll continue to let those Words apply pressure, push and stretch me. Because at the end of the day, at the end of my life, I want to look into the eyes of the Potter and see His approval as He looks at the woman He has fashioned from malleable clay.

 

4 thoughts on “August 6; Malleable

  1. leo4him

    This is well-written truth. It jogged my memory to my reading a few days ago in 2 Timothy, verses 20-21 about us being “vessels of wood and earthenware” and how we have to “cleanse ourselves from wickedness” in order to be a vessel “for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.”

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    1. cazehner Post author

      Thank you for pointing us to that Scripture, H. Oh to be that vessel through whom God can be revealed to people who need Him. Your encouraging words mean so much. May our Lord bless you as you are that vessel prepared for every good work He has for you today.

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  2. marshaleggett@comcast.net

    Connie, are the chapters and verses written correctly in today’s post? Marsha

    Sent from my iPhone

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