“This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2 “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” 3 So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. 4 But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.” ~Jeremiah 18:1-4
Today was our cultural day and I don’t think it could have gone any better. We started the day by hearing the above verses from Ginny, and then we journeyed to “The Potter’s House.” He is an incredible, godly man who uses his gift of creating pottery to share the love of Jesus with others. As a group, we watched him take an ordinary lump of clay, stomp on it and add in sand to prepare it for molding, remove the impurities, mold it more, purify it again, polish it, add amazing creativity to it, and then fire it. He explained that it takes 14 days to create 60 pieces completely, and he constantly related the process to our lives as Christians. He reminded us that God takes us, as lumps of clay, and spends our lives purifying and molding us to remove our imperfections. He reminded us that it is a process, and it’s not over just because we may feel broken. In fact, after molding and purifying his creation, he threw it on the ground and it broke into pieces, and he explained that he can still pick the pieces up and start the process again, purifying them and molding them back into an amazing, beautiful, one-of-a-kind creation. What an amazing concept, and what an encouraging analogy to hear as we think about the times we have felt our lives are in broken pieces. Finally, we saw him open up the oven and show us the finished pieces–amazing, beautiful creations. Again, he explained that as you go through the fire, God continues to purify you so you’re ready for your entrance into Heaven. No matter how shattered your life may seem, God WILL pick up the pieces, start molding them back together, and purify you piece by piece until you’re an amazing, incredible creation. Whew! And we thought this was just another cultural day….
After we left the Potter, we went to Monkey Hut and enjoyed God’s amazing creation for the rest of the day! We ended the day with worship on the porch, team awards, and positive statements about each team member. We are sad to leave this place tomorrow, but are so thankful for the time God has given us here and for all we have learned!