I was just a broken vessel laying shattered on the floor
Every piece that really mattered had been shattered o’re and o’re
Then I found a man named Jesus and he looked upon my face
He said if I would let him, He would mold me back in place.
So he gently placed my life upon the great potter’s wheel
He washed away my angry pain with love that I could feel
With His nail scared hands He touched my heart
He cleansed me through and through
Then he smiled at what he fashioned, twas all brand new.
Lord, I’ve seen the sign you’ve shown me, others shattered on the floor
Lord, I know how much their hurting for I’ve been there once before
They’re just longing to be mended by your hands of love so free
Help me Jesus, let me show them what forgiveness did for me.
Then He’ll smile at what He’s fashioned, an image all brand new.
Oh what a beautiful hymn. I wish I knew who wrote it and their story. And oh how true, for we all are broken vessels in the beginning. Romans 3:23 says “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall,
All the king’s horses and
All the king’s men
Could’t put Humpty Dumpty back together again.
BUT JESUS CAN!
We are not eggs, but we are fragile in our humanity. Many of us feel broken, unuseful, with no purpose, unsaveable, think that we can’t be made over or whole again….not so.
Take a potter, someone who can take a piece of clay and mold it into something useful, such as a vase to hold flowers. The potter is in total control as to what his clay will become. The potter has a plan, a purpose in what he is doing with that clay and we may not see what is being made until a shape is formed. The potter then puts his vase into a kiln to bake the clay. Making it solid and usable, to hold water and flowers.
We all start out as pieces of clay without a specifc shape or form or use. Now Jesus is the master potter. “But now, O Lord,You are our Father, we are the clay, and You our potter; and all of us are the work of Your hand.”. Isaiah 64:8
Jeremiah was commissioned as a prophet to the nations, (of the time) even before he was conceived. During his 40-yr ministry the Lord spoke to him of many things. One day the Lord said to Jeremiah, “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear my words.’ Then I (Jeremiah) went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter, so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make. Then the word of the Lord came to me (Jeremiah) saying, “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?” says the Lord. Look, as the clay is in the potters hands, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel!”. The Lord was telling Jeremiah that no matter what state the nation was in they still had an opportunity to turn from their sinful ways and be spared from judgement.
As for us, Jesus is our potter and we are his clay. Just as the potter in Jeremiah’s story, if we let Him, Jesus can be our potter.
The potter is in total control. He can make us into whatever he wants.
He knows what He wants each of us to be.
The potter has a plan, a purpose in what he is doing.
Do we trust the potter and understand He has a purpose in molding our lives?
Yes, He puts us into the fire. When a potter fires up the kiln and puts in the vessel a change takes place. It becomes stronger. Lord tests us in our daily walk with Him. He keeps us in the fire to strengthen us, in love, hope, patience, generosity and humility. The good qualities of a strong Christian.
We know the kinds of trials and tribulations that are in the world, that test us every day. Addictions – drugs, alcohol; immorality; anger; greed; and selfishness, to name a few. We keep the fire within burning for God by hungrily searching His word, and prayer and praising God to others. “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works”. Psalms 139:14
“You have caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; but You brought us out to rich fulfillment.”. Psalms 66:12 and “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. Phillipians 4:13
Thou art the potter, I am the clay;
Mold me and make me after thy will,
While I am waiting yielded and still.
Have thine own way Lord, Have thine own way;
Search me and try me, Master, today
Whiter than snow, Lord, wash me just now
As in thy presence humbly I bow.
Have thine own way Lord, have thine own way;
Wounded and weary, help me I pray;
Power, all power, surely is thine,
Touch me and heal me, Saviour divine.
Have thine own way Lord, have thine own way;
Hold o’re my being absolute sway;
Fill with thy Spirit till all shall see
Christ only, always, living in me.
Adelaide Addison Pollard (1862-1934)