Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Pottery and God

There are lots of passages in the Bible that use imagery of a potter and clay as an analogy for God and us. When we think from the perspective of God being in control, He is responsible for the outcome of the pottery. He has a vision and purpose for the final product and molds it and shapes it specifically for a reason. If in the middle of the process we get impatient or think we have a better idea on how to do it, that’s when things get off center and become misshapen. How much better to allow the Master Potter to do His work and be molded into the vessel He has in mind?

"But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’” Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?" -Romans 9:20-21

Pottery by Wendy Brunson

Though ideally we will trust in the Potter to fully form us, pottery with imperfections reminds us that God can still use broken people. Not every pot is flawless but can be used nonetheless. Unlike all the king’s horses and all the king’s men, God is fully capable of putting Humpty Dumpty back together again. Rather than becoming discouraged by past mistakes or shortcomings, instead allow God to use you just as you are.

Pottery by Wendy Brunson
Once a piece of pottery is fully formed, it must be fired in a kiln to harden it and set the form. If the pottery is never fired in the kiln, it will easily become deformed. Similarly, God can use various trials in life to perfect us and make our faith stronger. While these experiences may not be pleasant, don’t be afraid to go through the firing and hardening process.

“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” –James 1:2-4

Even when you don’t understand, allow the Potter to mold and shape you. He knows best and has a master design that He’s crafting.

In pursuit of His best,


If you'd like to order some pottery similar to the pieces pictured above, Wendy Brunson's Etsy shop can be found at the following link: Wendy Lou Pottery.


wendylouwho said...

It sounds like you've done some pottery yourself, Andrew! The idea of throwing ourselves off-center really resonated with me. I'll have to think about the areas where I most need to apply that. I know from the pottery perspective how greatly a tiny divergence affects the outcome.

Andrew Allen said...

Hey Wendy, I've done pottery only in the very elementary sense and the last time was when I was 8 years old but I've always liked the imagery in the Bible and admire the work of masterful potters like yourself.

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