Daily Dose, Jan. 15 — All Things New

          Yet, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. Do not be exceedingly angry, O Lord, and do not remember iniquity for ever. Now consider, we are all your people. (Isaiah 64:8-9)
At some point one summer in the late 90’s, I was serving a United Methodist Church in Cartersville, GA as the youth pastor. Over the summer, we were doing a weekly program with the students called “God Is Like…” Each week, we would take one of the Biblical descriptions of God - his nature and his character - and talk about what it means for us and our relationship with God. One particular week, we talked about how God is like a potter. I had a friend in the congregation who was an actual potter, and he agreed to come and “throw some pots” while I was giving the lesson. This way, the students would have the visual, tactile reinforcement for the lesson. My friend had some of his unglazed pottery sitting on a table. A few of the kids were wrestling, and one of them bumped the table, dumping the pottery onto the asphalt of the parking lot. The student was mortified. But my friend - the potter - wasn’t. He took the broken pieces, placed them on a table, grabbed a hammer, and broke the piece down into small shards. Then he scraped them into his bucket of soft, wet mud. What he said next floored me: “The broken pieces will make the next pieces stronger. They act like rebar in the mud.” The potter is like that with our lives. When he makes things new, he sometimes creates something brand new. Other times, he has to work with the broken pieces, reworking them back through our clay. If we let him, God can use even those broken pieces to make us stronger. --Rev. Brad Greene