Life on the Potter’s Wheel

Forward Day by Day, Jeremiah 18:6, Change, Transformation, Potter's Wheel

Forward Day by Day, Jeremiah 18:6, Change, Transformation, Potter's Wheel

Jeremiah 18:6. “’Can I not do with you, O house of Israel, just at this potter has done?’ says the LORD.
‘Just like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand.’”

Who I am today is not who I was a year ago, five years ago, or fifty years ago. I don’t just mean that I am older and circumstances have changed. I mean I am different. I’ve been shaped and reshaped, created and recreated. Looking back on my life, I can see I have been living on the Potter’s wheel.

Though I don’t know much about clay or pottery, I understand that there are different types of clay, each with distinct qualities and properties. A good potter recognizes, accepts, and works with the uniqueness of each piece of clay.

The Divine Potter has taken the clay of our lives—people and relationships, successes and failures, circumstances and experiences, things done and left undone, choices made and opportunities missed, joys and sorrows, the beautiful and the deformed, disappointments and regrets, accomplishments and dreams come true—and reworked them “into another vessel, as seemed good to him.”

*Originally written for and published by Forward Day by Day.


  1. LOVE THIS. LOVE THIS LOVE THIS LOVETHISLOVETHISLOVETHIS. (and all your other entries in FDBD, as you know). Thank you.

    The changes He’s made in me since I accepted Him into my life 40 years ago at age 17 are incredible. I’ve gone back to high school and college reunions and been quietly amazed at what my the best friends were like, realizing that but for God, I’d probably still be as equally messed up in thoughts, choices, behaviors.

    I’ve seen my relationship with my father go from dysfunctional with a capital D and multiple fights/day over control (of me) to one where I’m much better at honoring him and myself at the same time, supporting him where he needs help while staying firm on my boundaries and not needing to argue about it (well, after 4 pm it can be a little tougher. I forgo even ONE glass of wine when I visit).

    I’ve seen myself grow from believing in lack to understanding abundance, from turmoil to peace, from “not enough” to worthy and more – and all the corresponding behaviors, insights and choices that come with that.

    And still, I am human so I still screw up, get snappy, contract, worry….but I bring it to Him, He gives me light, insight and forgiveness, and together we move forward still more. It’s taken me this long to realize it never stops. You just continue to be graced with new levels, as long as you’re open to them, and I most definitely am. Grace. Now there’s a very groovy thing and a reason to be thankful.

    Again, thanks, Mike, for your writings, and your blog, so that i can continue to read your pieces now that March is almost over.

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      1. What a great reminder and I love the way it’s phrased. I’m taping it into my journal. As you’ve probably surmised, I go through a lot of tape (LOL) especially since almost every single one of your FDBD’s are in there this month.

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