We often wonder how the Lord can help us. We are wounded and scarred, beaten down, and weary by the time we realize our need for a Savior. But as the Master Potter, He can take that which is viewed as unworthy by the world and with the power of the blood of Jesus redeem that which is lost. When He works in our life, He deals with various areas in His perfect timing and makes us whole once more. That truth applies to me and to you as a child of God.
Years ago, one of my pastors learned in Biblical days when a potter had to repair an old clay pot that the new clay was mixed with the blood of a certain tic. This was the only way an old vessel could be repaired and made useful once more. Below is just a short story revealing that process.
The young man handled with damaged pot with great compassion. Many people would have simple tossed it aside, but this worn vessel had special meaning to him. As he placed it on the counter before the Master Potter, he stated
“I don’t think there is much hope, but I thought….”
“Leave with me.”
“I hate to lose it. I know it just an old worn out pot but it is important to me.”
“It will be a few days.”
Slowly, the old man lifted the jar. He glanced at the damage before placing it on the shelf. “This one will be tough.” He would glance at it closer tomorrow.
The sun was rising the next morning as he carefully turned the old jar in his hands. The crack was significant, and a hunk missing on the side. He imagined the number the hands that carried the old thing to the well. How many times had it filled and refilled over the years? At one time this old thing was beautiful. He could see the faint markings of a long lost design. No one cared enough over the years to be careful with it. Now it was an old pot – but for some reason it seemed important to the young man that carried it in.
The potter knew from his years of experience the vessel would need several firings. The damage was too severe for the entire repair to be done at once. Diligently, he worked at the top portion of the crack. Slowly he mixed the new clay with the blood he had squeeze from the ticks, he kneaded until the clay was malleable and the blood evenly spread in the clay. Few people knew the tricks of his trade. New clay would immediately pop loose after firing unless the blood of a certain tick was mixed with it. His father and grandfather taught him to recognize the tick and fortunately, they were plentiful on his few sheep.
He gently pushed the new clay into the smaller end of the fracture, twisting his fingers this way and that way. Gradually the new clay covered the upper portion of the damage. He knew it was time to apply heat to the vessel now. Gently placing the jar in oven, the potter went back to work on other vessels, he knew it would be a while before this one would be ready to work on again.
Again the next morning, he lifted the old jar back to the work station. Examining the earlier work, he was pleased at the progress. Once more he worked his magic, again twisting his thumbs this way and that to finishing closing the gap. Oven time again. The morning would reveal whether with vessel could be saved.
Once more the sun rose, with the old man looking carefully at his work. “Yes, yes, yes! It worked.” There were a few scars but from the severe damage it could not be helped and to the potter, it simply added charm. Now, he had to close the large opening of the missing hunk. He worked tirelessly; several times he removed the new clay to knead it again. It must be perfect for it to work.
Finally, he was pleased. Once more the vessel was fired. Taking it out the next morning, he inspected his work. Yes, the old vessel was once more ready for use.
Today, I pray that if you are worn and battered that you see the truth that no matter how damaged you are, there is still hope. It is through the touch of the Master Potter. He can repair your wounded heart. For Him, it is never too late, too hard or hopeless. Allow His touch to begin His healing work today. Let Him work the blood of the Lord into your life today as you cry out in repentance. Yes, let the touch of the Master Potter come upon you today.