As we hear the story of the potters wheel this day, we are are given an image of which we are reminded of God's constant creative work in us. Like the potter, God is constantly at work in us, molding, reshaping, gently guiding with patient, gentle hands as our world spins round and round. The creativity of God, coupled with the diligence to not give up on us even with all of our lob-sidedness and bumps, is a testament to God's love and redemption. In our passage this week, Jeremiah sees that the clay on the potter's wheel is spoiled, and the potter must "rework it, as it seems good to him." The potterdoesn't give up on the clay, throw it in the trash and start over with a different lump. No, the potter patiently keeps working out all of the faults of the clay until it is made good.
What a beautiful image to be reminded of how God never gives up on us! The creator who began us will bring to fruition what has been started. God will keep recreating in us for thegood. That redeeming power of God is constant in our lives, for God is the potter and we are the clay.
And yet there are times where we allow ourselves to not remain pliable to God's creative work. There are times where due to hardship, fear or a desire to control our lives we harden our hearts to God's creative, redemptive work. And when we have allowed ourselves to be burned and hardened in those kiln moments of life, it is difficult for God to do redemptive work.
So let us remain pliable, open to the creative work of God. So that even with all of our faults, we can be assured that God's grace-filled work will always be shaping our lives!