The process from a disfigured lump of clay to a sculptured masterpiece is a laborious one. The potter has to work meticulously to remove rock and sediment so the clay can become more malleable for the potter’s purposes. Once the rock and sediment is removed then the potter applies relentless perseverance and energy to molding the clay into a creation that is derived from his wisdom. The following video communicates these thoughts as we watch an actual potter perform this beautiful work. Consider reading the following passage from Jeremiah 18:1-6 before you watch it.
The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do. Then the word of the Lord came to me: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the Lord. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. (ESV)