Chapter-a-Day Jeremiah 18

Grarncarz w Rabce / Potter in Rabka
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So I went to the potter’s house, and sure enough, the potter was there, working away at his wheel. Whenever the pot the potter was working on turned out badly, as sometimes happens when you are working with clay, the potter would simply start over and use the same clay to make another pot. Jeremiah 18:3-4 (MSG)

I recently spoke to a person who found themself on the road to crazy. Broken, feeling very much alone, and with their life scattered in so many pieces around their feet after it all fell apart in a tragic explosion of circumstance. There they stood holding on to a compass, but the needle was spinning uncontrollably in every direction. They couldn’t, in the moment, see the road out.

Consider yourself blessed if you never find yourself on the road to crazy. Consider yourself blessed if you do. I’ve been there. The circumstances were somewhat different than my friend, but they always are. There are a million paths in and out that intertwine like a maze.

“I can’t see why God has me here,” my friend said.

You never do, in the moment. That’s why Jeremiah’s word picture is so critical to hold onto. God uses broken things. He makes new things out of old. But, the clay must be broken down into a lump before it can be fashioned into a new vessel that can be used for new purposes.

The road to crazy is the place where God allows us to be broken down into a shapeless lump. The road back from crazy is where he begins to build us into something new.

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3 thoughts on “Chapter-a-Day Jeremiah 18”

  1. Great insight. And the Potter is the one who decides what service the vessel will give–
    We so often want to be a “different” vessel, rather than relying on the wisdom of the Potter and what He made us to be.

    Thanks again, Tom, for your faithfulness.

  2. I have always loved the thought of God as the potter. It is such a great picture of the lump of clay that we are and what a beautiful piece of pottery God can make of us. Today’s Message reminded me that sometimes the potter has to “start over”. At a minimum he needs to reshape and remold. The other analogy that I love is the idea of being refined in the fire. This past year has been one of those years for me. God is refining, remolding me. It carries pain with it, but in the end I know that I will be more like what God desires me to be. I praise Him for that.

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