A Vessel That’s Full


The Lord gave another message to Jeremiah. He said,  “Go down to the potter’s shop, and I will speak to you there.”  So I did as he told me and found the potter working at his wheel.  But the jar he was making did not turn out as he had hoped, so he crushed it into a lump of clay again and started over. Jeremiah 18:1-4

There’s an old hymn that comes to mind as I read this. Some of you younger folk have probably never heard it, but it goes like this:

“Have thine own way Lord, Have thine own way. Thou art the Potter, I am the clay. Mold me and make me, after thy will. While I am waiting, yielded and still.”

I watched as a potter molded a piece of clay on the wheel once. It was amazing. What a masterpiece to my naked eye. Then I watched in horror as he put his fist into it and started over again. I must have given some vocal cry as he did this because I saw him smile. “It wasn’t what I pictured,” he said.

I wonder how many times God has done that with me? I may be pretty satisfied with myself but He sees so much more, so there He goes again, gently shaping me into what He sees I should be. It’s all about my purpose, and all of us have one. I may want to be a beautiful centerpiece to a table but God sees me as a useful vessel to hold oil.

Then a carrier of oil I will be. I’ll be slippery to handle, for the One who filled me has filled me to the full till I overflowed. I made a mess on the table and down on the floor, but when I thought I had enough, He poured even more.

I cried out, “Wait Lord, can’t you see that I’m full! Turn off the spicket, until I’m poured out or used!”

I felt His smile then I heard his laughter, “Didn’t I tell you that I would pour out a blessing you didn’t have room to contain? Didn’t I tell you with the same measure you give, it would be measured to you again? Didn’t I tell you that with blessing I will bless you and with multiplicity I would multiply back to you again? I can’t stop what I’ve started nor can I turn off the blessing I’ve already sent to you. Just keep giving, child. You can’t out give me. Not today, not tomorrow, not in this lifetime.”

Be blessed today! God blessed you to bless others, so have fun doing it!




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