This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Go down at once to the potter’s house; there I will reveal My words to you.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, working away at the wheel. But the jar that he was making from the clay became flawed in the potter’s hand, so he made it into another jar, as it seemed right for him to do. The word of the Lord came to me: “House of Israel, can I not treat you as this potter treats his clay?” — this is the Lord’s declaration. “Just like clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, (Jer 18:1-6)
This is a season of reshaping. Remain pliable like well worked clay in my hands.
‘The clay became flawed in the potters hands'. This took place in his hands. The potter was in control of the process. A flaw in the nature of the clay became visible while the clay was being shaped so the potter made something more appropriate with it.
Vs 6. Like a potter God will shape us as he chooses. He wants us to remain flexible like workable clay so he can shape us as he needs.
23rd January 2020
Way back in January, Roger challenged us to ask God for a word for 2020. I wrote the above, thinking it was just a personal word for me and to a large extent I still do. However, Covid-19 has made a global impact since writing these lines. Wuhan had only just been ‘locked down’ and the World Health Organisation had yet to declare Covid-19 an ‘international concern’, let alone a pandemic. So, maybe this little word about ‘re-shaping’ has more significance than I thought.
For me and many of us, this is a time when we’re aware of fear lurking just around the corner. We’ve seen the madness of panic buying that brought about shortages in our shops. Our daily routines have been totally disrupted. We’re not allowed to visit people we love. Our personal freedom to travel and do pretty much what we like has been removed. And as the death toll rises nationally and globally fear is lurking.
The whole of humanity has been brought to an abrupt stop. We are not in control. Something, so small that it can’t been seen without incredibly powerful microscopes, has disrupted modern life, internationally. We thought we were in control but we’re not.
God remains in control of his world and his people. He is the one who uses times like this to ‘re-shape’ us when defects become apparent. We are in his hands, the hands of the potter.
I don’t pretend to know how he intends re-shaping us but I know he needs to do it.
But I know
We are in God’s hands
Just like clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in His hand
He will make this clay into another jar, as it seems right for him to do
So, choose to remain pliable like well worked clay.
Mark Selwood (7th April 2020)