Broken Vessels in the Potters Hand - February 22, 2007
I have been disquieted in my spirit lately. I have spent a lot of time trying to figure out how I go from perfect peace, to turbulence and rough waters over night. God gave me a short parable based on the potter and the clay.
Carl, What happens when a clay vessel that has been put in the kiln and the fire has finished molding it?
Well, it is done I think. It is hardened and formed and ready to use.
That is right. It is ready to use. Now, what is different between the clay used to make that vessel and a ball of clay in the potters hand?
The clay is more moldable and able to be shaped?
Correct. Now, what happens when you take the finished vessel and throw it forcefully to the ground?
It breaks into many pieces.
Again, correct. Now, pick up all those pieces and put them back together again so that the vessel is as good as it was before you threw it to the ground.
Umm, God, I do not think that is possible. There are many big parts, but lots of small pieces that I do not know where they are supposed to go.
O.K. then, why are you trying to pick up the pieces of your old vessel and integrate them into the soft moldable clay I am forming into a beautiful vase?
I guess because I have been trying to go back to some of the ways I used to have my old habits and ways.
Lord, How can I stay moldable as a lump of clay and not get hardened up like my old life?
You need two things to keep clay moldable. You need water to keep it moist, that is the Word of God. The other thing you need is gentle hands and tools to mold the clay. That is Me when you pray to me.
O.K. Lord, thank you for lovingly molding me and making me a new creation. I will listen more for you to speak in my life and mold my clay.
Carl Holmes is a freelance writer and seminary student living in Colorado Springs, CO. He currently writes on the blog site Thoughts of a Gyrovague and he can be reached at Carl@thoughtsofagyrovague.com