Like Clay

The clay & potter metaphor is a familiar one. There are many passages of Scripture that refer to us as clay, and God as the great Potter who doesn’t stop moulding, shaping (and unshaping!) us.

But is it just about shape?

Shaped to hold something?


Finance Minister cooked a fabulous chicken, dried mushroom and black fungus claypot stew today. As usual, she whipped up all the dishes very efficiently. Everything was ready quite a while before we were prepared to sit down for dinner.

When we did, I had to be careful not to scald my tongue – the stew was still so hot, it was almost as if she’d just taken it off the stove! Claypots are known for their heat retention properties, and for adding subtle earthy flavours to food cooked in them. Claypot cooking has also been described as “slow, even and delicate”.


Shaped to hold something?


Be wiser, conscious about what I am holding in and onto, for the ‘heat’ of those treasures remains for a long, long time. Longer than would be safe and healthy; longer than I might like. Be very careful what I allow myself to stew in.

Aspire to carry the earthy flavours of the Potter’s Hand and handiwork. What do others taste? Bitter despair, sour disappointment, saccharine materialism, fiery rage? Or everlasting grace and unfailing love?

Exercise patience. The transformation that God promises, this journey and life of faith… while it hasn’t been even/smooth sailing, it has definitely been slow and delicate!

Shaped to hold something.

Then poured out.



About lilac butterfly

Live. Love. Learn. Laugh. Write. Draw. Colour. Blend. Play. Dream. Cry. Reflect. Pray. Sing. Worship. Bake. Cook. Rest. Give thanks.

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