A Meditation Moment – June 27, 2011
“Whenever the pot the potter was working on turned out badly…the potter would simply start over and use the same clay to make another pot.” Jeremiah 18:3b, 4 (The Message)
I spent five weeks at Holden Village, a Lutheran retreat center hidden in the Cascade Mountains in Washington State. When we weren’t working we were able to take hikes, work-out, or learn a new craft. I chose to learn how to throw a pot—it looked like fun, and how hard could it be? Well, I learned that my hands are better at making a basketball go through a hoop than to keep a slab of muddy clay from spinning off the potter’s wheel. I came home with something that resembled a child’s size bowl and plate and will cherish the experience.
Molding clay is a forgiving art. One can start over as many times as needed to make it perfect or one can become satisfied with what has been created. Just remember, once the clay pot has been fired, it’s permanently in that shape.
Dear Lord, keep me as a clump of clay, constantly being molded into a mature Christian, and fire up the kiln for the day I meet you in Paradise! Amen.