“So I went down to the potters house and I saw him working 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…”- Jeremiah 18:3-4
The photo above is one of the many rallies led by Mothers for Justice and Equality, a group formed a year ago this month to express outrage over the continuing homicides in Boston. Statistically, the number of shootings are declining, but it doesn’t feel that way if it is your child that’s been shot this year. The group’s aim is to see all the shootings stop. “Its Not OK” is their motto. These mothers, and their supporters, are turning the tragedy of their lives into a powerful opportunity to come together and change society.
Jeremiah goes to the potter’s house to receive a message from God. One part is that we are all clay in the Potter’s hands, with our daily lives molded and shaped by the hands of God. But another part lies in the way we react to life’s troubles. Our text says the potter, as he was shaping the pot, detected some impurities. So he started over, to reshape the pot so that it can withstand the kindling fires without breaking. Perhaps your problem/situation/circumstance may be God’s opportunity to smooth something out of you before you go through the fiery furnaces of life. At any rate, yield to the potter’s hands today – God’s hands know what is best for you…