Not a moment goes by that something related to cars doesn’t jump into my head.  Yesterday my pastor spoke about “The Potter’s Touch” (Jeremiah 18:1-10).  Once again my mind drifted toward cars.  Not toward my next project, but how this passage is just like working on old cars.

I very rarely start a new project from a clean sheet of paper.  Most of my projects begin from a tired box of parts, long since forgotten by their past owners.  Just like us, cars have a heart and soul just waiting to be set free from the past.

I have found, every project need a vision.  A vision of what parts will be required, a vision of what the final appearance will look like, and most important, a vision of what it’s purpose will be.  My goal, in any project, is to create something special from the parts I have to work with, as does a potter with his clay.

Sometimes I see myself as a box of parts. Some old, some new, some in need of repair.  I think God sees us in that way too.  When we mess up, He doesn’t throw us away and start over.  He picks up our broken parts and molds them back into the vision He had all along.  Even the stubborn parts can be fixed!

I invite you to join me in asking God to fix our broken parts, and mold us back into his vision.

Thank you again for your time.


Jeremiah 18:1-10 (the message)

The Potters Touch

1-2 God told Jeremiah, “Up on your feet! Go to the potter’s house. When you get there, I’ll tell you what I have to say.” 3-4So I went to the potter’s house, and sure enough, the potter was there, working away at his wheel. Whenever the pot the potter was working on turned out badly, as sometimes happens when you are working with clay, the potter would simply start over and use the same clay to make another pot.5-10Then God’s Message came to me: “Can’t I do just as this potter does, people of Israel?” God’s Decree! “Watch this potter. In the same way that this potter works his clay, I work on you, people of Israel. At any moment I may decide to pull up a people or a country by the roots and get rid of them. But if they repent of their wicked lives, I will think twice and start over with them. At another time I might decide to plant a people or country, but if they don’t cooperate and won’t listen to me, I will think again and give up on the plans I had for them.