OK, It’s a Stretch

Jer 18:3,4 (NIV) So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. (4) But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.

I don’t typically like to see scripture “modernized” as a means to make a point because this often drains out much of the beauty and poignancy that the period relevant surroundings, customs and culture may bring to the message. Well, here is a case where I must excuse myself as I do exactly that.

The above verse was part of my reading this morning and I thoroughly enjoy the message it speaks. This evening I was tweaking and massaging different aspects of this blog and as I was trying different color schemes I frequently refreshed the page. At one point I was quite shocked at the result. I murmered to myself, “this certainly won’t serve its purpose”. I immediately changed that which caused this unpleasant result and continued to mold and shape it. I don’t know that I will consider it complete any time soon, but it gives me great pleasure to take it into my hands and draw it up tall then work it out making it smoother and more pleasant to look at while also keeping in focus it’s intended use.

If we will just offer ourselves as moist, plyable clay in the hands of the Potter, He will shape us into useful vessels instead of dry, brittle and ineffective shards.