Welcome to the Sunday Devotion. I’m attending a wonderful craft fair currently. It’s amazing to see what the artists have created. There are paintings, leather work, jewelry and more, and one of my favorites is seeing the clay creations. I have a very artistic daughter who did some amazing clay art in high school and she wanted to try clay on the potter’s wheel, so I signed us up for a class. I was instantly in love and intrigued with the potter’s wheel. When working at the wheel, the scriptures that come to mind describe God as the Potter and we are the clay.
We are clay in the Potter’s Hands. This fits into my image of every one of us being unique, handcrafted by God. As I sit on a bench and watch people go by, I am fascinated by each one. I wonder what they love to do. Do they have hobbies that really interest them? Are they shy or do they love to interact with people? What are their struggles? Do they feel loved? How would you answer those questions?
In this week’s scripture in Jeremiah 18:1-11, God is the potter. On a potter’s wheel if the clay is not forming well, the potter removes it and starts again. The clay is reformed into a better vessel. As the potter, how does God react to us? If we remain in his hands, do we let him continue to remold us and guide us to be the best person we can be?
In what ways has God been shaping and forming you? In one favorite campfire song we sing “mold me, fill me, use me...”. Do you give yourself to God? Are you a solid vessel? Are you filled or empty? How are you being used? Are you allowing God to remold and reshape you?
Dear God, We come to you today, recognizing you as the Potter and we as the clay. We thank you for your guiding hands and pray that we remain moldable to be what you would like us to be. Forgive us those times when we need to be reworked. May we be vessels of love and compassion, seeing the worth of all persons and the blessings of community. May we all remain as clay in the potter’s hand, allowing God to mold and shape us, making us into a vessel to be used. Amen.
Various authors throughout the Chesapeake Bay Mission Center and beyond provide these thought-provoking weekly devotions.