Posted on August 12, 2019 by Nancy Schmitt
“So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was
working at his wheel. The vessel he was making of clay
was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked
it into another vessel, as seemed good to him.”
Recently, I came across some jewelry I had not worn in a while…a necklace and earrings made out of what is known as sea glass or beach glass. This type of glass is various bits and pieces of colored glass that was originally a bottle or jar, or some other container that had a purpose before it was thrown away and became broken.
A lot of this kind of discarded glass ends up in the ocean and has been tossed about in the water for years before it is washed up on the beach. By that time the sharp and jagged edges of the glass pieces have been made smooth and rounded off by the water and sand. The result is unique shapes of shiny glass that are then taken and made into beautiful jewelry or other artwork.
Something that had been discarded has been repurposed and refashioned. In a similar way, the prophet Jeremiah reminds us that there is no one and no situation that is not redeemable. Jeremiah offers words of promise of how God as the potter can take something broken and supposedly spoiled and rework and reshape it into something beautiful and useful. May we hold to the promise that our lives are never too broken or marred or spoiled that God’s saving love and grace cannot reshape, repurpose, and refashion us into something beautiful.
A verse from the wonderful hymn “Have Thine Own Way” says,
“Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Thou art the Potter, I am the clay;
Mold me and make me after Thy will,
While I am waiting, yielded and still.”
May it be so for us this week.