Only The Potter

The Lord has been working in my life in ways I would have never expected. I, a formally timid and shy twelve year old convert, who would be on the verge of tears when asked to pray in front of a crowd, or pray out loud in general, is now giving lessons and has been granted a modest flock. I am not a pastor by any means, but people seem to place vast amounts of trust in me. It makes me wonder, “Why me? Why trust me? I’m just as broken…aren’t we all?”. Is it possible for a broken pot to fix another broken pot? Who can fix what is broken other than the Potter?

But now, O Lord, You are our Father,
We are the clay, and You our potter;
And all of us are the work of Your hand. – Issiah 64:8

We are the work of the Lord, although made perfect at first, the fall of man in the Garden of Eden has caused all of the Lord’s work to be broken. Even the Earth groans in its brokeness.

Behold, the Lord lays the earth waste, devastates it, distorts its surface and scatters its inhabitants. And the people will be like the priest, the servant like his master, the maid like her mistress, the buyer like the seller, the lender like the borrower, the creditor like the debtor. The earth will be completely laid waste and completely despoiled, for the Lord has spoken this word. The earth mourns and withers, the world fades and withers, the exalted of the people of the earth fade away. The earth is also polluted by its inhabitants, for they transgressed laws, violated statutes, broke the everlasting covenant. Therefore, a curse devours the earth, and those who live in it are held guilty. Therefore, the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men are left. – Isaiah 24:1-6

The idea that we can be our own god and fix everything wrong with us through sheer will power is a popular thought, especially throughout modern society. However, there are some who react to their brokenness differently. There are those who recognize their brokenness and seek out a potter. For those who try to fix themselves, they will forever remain frustrated in their brokenness if they continue down the path of total self reliance. Trying to piece together one aspect of your life, while another side falls apart doesn’t make for a productive healing process. Much of the remedies the self-made potters use involve trying to change nasty habits or feeble attempts at being a “good” person. For example, believing that redemption can come through performing enough good deeds to balance with or outweigh the bad. Those who seek potters are on the right track, but who do they go to? There is only one true Potter that can fully heal what is broken. That Potter being Jesus Christ. It goes without saying that not everyone goes to Jesus for spiritual repair. They may seek wisdom in other religions and mysticism, but I don’t see that being the case in every instance. What I see much more often are broken people trying to help piece together other broken people.

Woe to those who deeply hide their plans from the Lord,
And whose deeds are done in a dark place,
And they say, “Who sees us?” or “Who knows us?”
   You turn things around!
Shall the potter be considered as equal with the clay,
That what is made would say to its maker, “He did not make me”;
Or what is formed say to him who formed it, “He has no understanding”? – Isaiah 29:15-16

Is it wrong to seek help from a trusted friend? Or to help one who seeks aid? By no means! However, we must tread lightly when someone places their full trust and confidence within us. Understanding that we ourselves are broken, we will fail, along with those we attempt to help as well. We will have our own short comings in our lives and we will not always be there for those who seek help. We also cannot fix the broken when our own hands are broken. We must not attempt to replace the ultimate Potter, the only one capable of fixing what is broken in our lives. Jesus Christ knows the sin in our lives, every chip, and every crack. Even the shattered pots can be mended back together by His hands. He has all understanding of what is wrong in our life, He has the remedy to sin, only He. Once He has fixed what is broken, He can fill that pot with a life set free from the weight of sin. Once we’re filled with life, it is our duty to tell others where we can find this new life. 

If you find yourself being someone whom others trust with everything, take heart! For you’re doing something right for them to have such trust within you. Understand however, that you are not expected to fix the lives of the broken, for you are broken. Lead them to the ultimate Potter, the only one who can fix the broken spirit. Stay by their side as often as granted by the Lord. When worried or concerned, at times, all you can do is pray before the Lord on their behalf. For He is the potter and we are the clay.

 

Change My Heart O God – Hymn by Eddie Espinosa

 

Works cited

Isaiah chapters 29:15-16, 64:8, 24:1-6 (NASB)