The Potter’s Hands







There are days that I feel a bit broken, discouraged and alone. Things just aren’t going the way I planned. Have you ever felt that way? Life isn’t easy and there are many rocks along our paths. Maybe, just maybe, we are on the Potter’s wheel.


The potter’s wheel was one of mankind’s earliest inventions and has changed surprisingly little in the last 6,000 years. A skilled potter uses his hands to shape clay into something useful and sometimes beautiful.

A potter must knead his clay before using the wheel to rid it of air and impurities. When the clay is ready, The potter throws the ball of clay onto the upper wheel and sets the wheel in motion. Surrounding the clay with his hands, he forces it to the center of the wheel head. Now he must make the clay responsive to his touch – mastering the clay. He works with the clay until he makes the clay flexible enough. Clay is NOT easy to work with. Sometimes the potter must knead it over and over again to shape into a vase, a pitcher or whatever he wants it to be.

Kinda makes you think, doesn’t it?

In Jeremiah Chapter 18, the Lord spoke to Jeremiah and told him to go to the potter’s house. He told Jeremiah that he was in the Lord’s hands just like the clay was in the potter’s hands.

“Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.” 
                                Jeremiah 18: 3-4

You can read more here.
Jeremiah 18: 1-12

Take a look at the life of Paul. God grabbed hold of Saul, a trained and passionate persecutor of Christians, on the road to Damascus. He  struck him blind and totally transformed him to Paul, the greatest evangelist and writer of most of the Bible’s New Testament. Paul was a man who was mightily used of God.  There are many other stories of lives that were transformed by the hand of the Master Potter.

Have Thine Own Way, Lord….

“It really doesn’t matter what you do with us, Lord-just have your way with our lives …”

This simple expression, prayed by an elderly woman one night at a prayer meeting, was the source of inspiration that prompted writing this hymn, in 1902. It is one of my favorite hymns and so very important. It inspires individuals to examine and submit their lives to the Lordship of Christ.


Sometimes, when we go through trials, difficulties and even failures, God is taking us and shaping us into something that can be useful for His purpose and His glory.

It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are, let the Master
Potter take your hand and mold you into the vessel you need to be.


I hope you enjoyed reading this article.
Be sure to check out another of my articles:   It Is Well With My Soul!

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About Gail Pinder

I was born in New Jersey and raised in a small town in Pennsylvania. I have lived in many places – Texas, Arkansas, Delaware and finally Michigan. Several years ago, I met a wonderful man – a Vietnam Navy vet who shares my love of God and Country! We have been happily married for more than 18 years. I have two children of my own and Emery has two children. We have four wonderful grandchildren. Emery and I both have Multiple Sclerosis. He is now in a powerchair and I am his caregiver. Life is somewhat challenging, but we do the best we can. We tell everyone that “We have MS, but it doesn’t have us!” I have always loved to write and my dream was to becoming a “writer”. PICC gave me a window to my dream and an opportunity to share my thoughts with others. Our faith is strong and I don’t know where we would be without it. We are determined to spread a little sunshine in a darkened world.