One of my hobbies is woodworking. I enjoy the satisfaction of taking wood from a simple stick of lumber and turning it into something useful. Whenever we work with traditional materials there is the potential for things to not turn out. When that happens to me, I might be able to reuse that piece of wood in another application. However, there may be situations where it may no longer be usable.
What we see here in Jeremiah 18 is not necessarily the result of a mistake by the potter, but by an imperfection or flaw in the clay. The beauty of this scene is that the clay is not thrown away, but that the potter reshapes the clay into another pot.
Just like the potter is hands on with the clay, so God is hands on with us. In working with the clay, the potter works the imperfections out, just as God works on us to turn us into what He wants for us. God is shaping us, working out the flaws and sometimes reforming us. I am so glad that God can shape us and that the imperfections we have don’t make us unusable.
- Pray for Pastor Lyle, his family and ministry.
- Pray for Eric Peters, Facility Manager; Custodians, Adit Gamble, Stan Goodnough and Anne King; Maintenance, Joe Richards.
- Pray for our Church Board members: Barbara Whidden, Bee Stiansen, Cam Klapstein, Darryl Sparling, Gerhard Hiob, Julie Leverette, Matt Barker, Matt Chute, Mike Pedde, Nick Mitchell, Seth Jansen, and Tyler Elmgren.
- Pray for our office staff: Robin Radke and Naomi Voss; Bookkeeper Lynette Carlson.