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the Potter's Wheel

The Potter's Wheel

When you’re troubled and discouraged
In the darkness of the night
When obstruction clouds your vision
And you just can't see the light.

When life’s trials overcome you
And you have nowhere to turn
When you’ve reached the very bottom
There are lessons you must learn.

For the clay is being molded
It’s been twisted, pulled and tossed
It’s been rolled and it’s been pounded
Till the ego has been lost.

He will put you through the furnace
You’ll be tested to the brim
Your life will be in pieces
Till you give your soul to Him.

From blemish to perfection
His hands will form the clay
This human piece of rubble
Must let God have His way.

When you come to Him all battered
In the form of mortal man
When you cry to Him in mercy
You will find the Potter’s hand.

He will grind you, mold and chisel
The friction you will feel
Till He gently carves and shapes you
Upon the Potter’s wheel.

Author: Marilyn Ferguson
fearnot said:
When you come to Him all battered
In the form of mortal man
When you cry to Him in mercy
You will find the Potter’s hand.
Marilyn Ferguson
yes we have this treasure in earthen vessels...I like this line particularly.
Beautiful poem, Marilyn. Thank you for posting it. It reminds me of a teaching I heard some years ago, to wit; when the potter begins to form a new pot, he puts the lump of clay on the wheel and begins to turn the wheel and shape the pot with his fingers. Then, suddenly, he will stop the wheel and begin squeezing the clay firmly. This goes on for several minutes. Then, he starts turning the wheel and molding the pot again. In a few more minutes, he will stop the wheel and start squeezing the clay again.

Why the squeezing? What's the purpose? The purpose of the squeezing is to get all the air out of the clay. If the air was not squeezed out of the clay, the finished pot would be brittle and would shatter at the slightest bump. By squeezing all the air out, the potter makes the pot hard and very difficult to break.

So it is with us. By using the trials of life to "squeeze" the worldliness out of us, our Potter causes us to become firm, unshakeable in our faith.

"I can do (perform, experience) all things through Christ who strengthens me."
(Philippians 4:13)


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