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The Potter

by Sue Muessig 12 August 2021
First published 13/8/2020. We continue to post new thoughts but hope you find encouragement and blessing in revisiting some we have previously published.

Since the beginning of lockdown, I have heard about the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery “kintsugi” from several different places. This is the art of picking up the broken pieces of the pottery and putting it back together with a gold paste. The pottery often becomes more valuable after being broken and fixed again.

Jeremiah 18:1-4 The Potter and the Clay

This is the word the LORD spoke to Jeremiah: 2 “Go down to the potter’s house, and I will give you my message there.” 3 So I went down to the potter’s house and saw him working at the potter’s wheel. 4 He was using his hands to make a pot from clay, but something went wrong with it. So he used that clay to make another pot the way he wanted it to be.

God was illustrating His relationship with Judah; reminding them that He has complete power over the clay, and He continues to work with it to make it a useful vessel, but they needed to repent and follow God’s way.

As we spend time with God and commit ourselves to Him, He changes us and shapes us into valuable vessels.

Psalm 147:3

He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds.

As we slowly come out of restrictions, we are very aware that our old routines will not suddenly return and we wonder how things can be repaired. But God cares about each of our feelings whether it be confusion, worry or brokenness, and He loves us enough to restore us. God is always looking to heal us and renew us no matter how long it takes. If we seek God and follow His leading, maybe we can come out renewed and better than before?

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Heavenly Father, thank you for your loving care. Please fill me afresh with your Holy Spirit, lead me in your way, and mould me and use me for your glory.