The Potter's Hands

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As the potter takes pliable moldable clay
There’s a mystical and almost magical happening
The potter will often take the clay, to an untrained eye, to a point of near perfection
The potter will then, seemingly out of nowhere, completely take the clay back down to an unformed state
The potter will then remake and rebuild the clay until in the trained potter’s eye, the vessel is finished.

So it is with our Lord. 

May I remind you of the Word of the Lord? 

The Lord gave another message to Jeremiah. He said, “Go down to the potter’s shop, and I will speak to you there”.  So I did as he told me and found the potter working at his wheel. 4 But the jar he was making did not turn out as he had hoped, so he crushed it into a lump of clay again and started over. 
Then the Lord gave me this message:  “O Israel, can I not do to you as this potter has done to his clay? As the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand" -Jeremiah 18:1–6

Throughout this week, I’ve seen the Potter shaping lives all around me in beautiful ways. 

Sometimes those beautiful ways come in the form of the remaking. 
Sometimes those beautiful ways come in the form of redefinitions in a life or family.
Sometimes those beautiful ways come in the form of untold blessings. 
Sometimes those beautiful ways take the form of the hardest thing you ever experience in life that you look back upon and say, “The Lord used that time for me to lean on Him more.” 

This week we continue to let the Lord shape and form us through His Word. As we just heard: God’s word changes us, it sustains us, it is creating within us the image of Christ, and it remakes us. 

Sunday we’ll look at “Boundaries”. Have you ever had anyone take advantage of you? Have you ever had anyone who you feel crosses emotional lines with you on a consistent basis? Do you maybe have a family member who you feel is the constant “taker” from you and others in your family? 

So how do we deal with these types of matters? Is God’s word silent in these areas? As the title of the message would imply - it isn’t. So this Sunday, we’ll be in God’s word looking at healthy boundaries that arise from God’s word in these very types of matters. 

It will be a great shaping in the Potter’s hands. Looking forward to a great encounter worshiping with you Sunday.