Those who know me quite well know that I love pottery. I don’t like to accumulate stuff and I don’t like collections. Pottery comes close to being my one exception to this. I love it. There is something visceral that happens when I see a beautiful piece of handmade pottery. You can keep your jewelry, handbags, and shoes, I don’t want them. Give me earth made by hand into something beautiful and I am a happy woman.
I remember hosting a dinner party once and using my set of hand thrown plates (best gift my husband has ever given me). I told our guests to please notice the beautiful plates I had set out for our dinner and gushed on about how they were made and where they were from. They looked at them and nodded their heads obviously not impressed. This was my first realization that not everyone shares my enthusiasm for ceramics. However, I cannot keep myself from talking about them and how they relate to God’s Word!
If you were to come to my house and look over my shelving unit of pottery I keep in my dining area you would quickly notice something about my collection. Rarely do I buy a piece that is not useful for something. Very few are just pieces designed to simply look good. The vast majority are pieces that serve a purpose. They may be pretty at the same time, but they were purchased to perform a duty. I have plates, bowls, pitchers, serving trays, a colander, a butter dish, a mixing bowl, a bread bowl and even a bacon maker. Some are chipped and some are still in great shape. They have to be durable to survive use and washings.
As I look at my pottery I think of the how God is the true Great Potter:
But now, O Lord, you are our Father: we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. Isaiah 64:8
It really is the perfect metaphor. So what can we learn from this? Oh, so much. Here are a few that I want to point out to you today:
So get off your shelf and see what purpose God has for you today to bring him glory. And, hey, if you ever want to check out my collection for a little encouragement come on over!