Spoiled Clay


The Potter image is a beautiful one, especially if you are an artist. I have friends who are potters, happily sharing the work of their hands. In Jeremiah 18, God is likened to a potter. The Lord tells Jeremiah to go down to the potter’s house and listen for a message. Jeremiah finds the potter working at his wheel. As he watches, the vessel that was being created was spoiled and the potter simply reworks it into another creation, equally as good to him. God tells Jeremiah that people are the same–that God can fashion the spoiled into goodness.

Psalm 146 extols the Lord, as the psalmist promises to sing praises for the remainder of his life. Those who trust in the Lord, whose hope is in God, will be happy. This Creator can bring goodness out of spoiled goods. Lauren Daigle has a stunning song called Trust in You.  I find solace in it. The Potter image seems to fit in the images she creates. When my life did not turn out as I had hoped or my pot is spoiled, I am challenged to put my trust in God who will rework it into an equally beautiful masterpiece. Daigle talks about her experience of grieving the passing of her grandfather in a video which taught her some valuable lessons about trusting God.

I believe Daigle’s grandfather’s experience of passing over, when that thin veil crumbles to the ground and heaven shines through as the one leaving is welcomed Home. He was remade-transformed–into a new and beautiful work of art. He was a cheerleader for Daigle and yet he was not able to see her career took off on this side of heaven. We do not all get to see the outcome of our work–like Moses not entering the Promised Land. We need to trust that the work we begin will be complete by the One who has created us and refashioned us. As I have often said, I am in good hands because I am in God’s hands. What seems like spoilage may indeed be spectacular!



Reflection Questions

When in your life, was a time that you needed to be refashioned into something equally as good?

Do  you ever think about planting seeds without seeing the fruit?


Potter God, shape my brokenness into something spectacular. Transform me into a vessel of goodness for your glory, always for your glory, not mine. Amen.

About sstyves

A Canadian prairie girl rooted in Ignatian spirituality, I seek God in all things. Whether I catch a glimpse of the Divine and delight in its presence in nature or in the beauty of an encounter with someone, I am ever so grateful that I can recognize the Creator. I greet each new day with hope and happiness, expecting blessings and miracles because I am created to praise, love and serve God. This blog is one way of realizing that through my writings, prayers, and photography. To God be the Glory!
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