The Dancing Clay Vessel




One day, Huldah the Prophetess went down to the Potter’s house and found him busy at his wheel. He was remaking a vessel out of a lump of clay.

The vessel wouldn’t stay still on the wheel, but kept letting out deafening screams with agitations; and every now and then it would get spoiled in the hands of its maker.

The prophetess was curious to know why the workman wouldn’t just thrust the stubborn, ugly earthen material out through the window. She asked him why he was patient with a vessel that didn’t want to be made whole.

He replied, “Funny thing is it believes it is ready and should be joined to the finished vessels in the shop. If it stays quiet it would soon be made, but it wants to get over the process in no time, and that cannot be. I should give up on it but not so soon”.

Time passed and the woman of God happened to pass that way again. She went into the house of the Potter to offer her salutations.

There he was, at his wheel, working on a lump of clay. There was a beautiful vessel adjacent to the wheel,dancing intensely. Colors of the rainbow ran round its rim.

Huldah was amazed and impressed. “I didn’t know your vessels dance,” she said.

The potter with a smile on his face, looked at the dancing vessel, and replied, “O they do. Once they come out so beautiful’.

“But why is it not on the shelf in the shop?” Asked the prophetess.

“Ah!” replied the potter, ‘It has begged to stay a little longer at the workshop so it could tell the other vessels to stay still on the wheel and be made faster by the gentle hand of the Potter. You remember it, don’t you?”

The prophetess realized from the question that it should be the lump of clay she saw being worked on the last time. She was gob smacked.

Leaving the potter’s house she proclaimed throughout the streets:

“Behold, as the clay in the hands of the potter so are you in the hands of the Lord (Jeremiah 18:6)
Many times you think you are ready for use but the Master judges differently.
As the refiner knows when the silver is done (Malachi 3:3), so the Master knows when you are usable.

Would you stay on the wheel as he moulds you?
Would you stay in the refinery as he purges you?

Or would you complain, agitate and come out premature?

If you would stay still and let Him work on you,
If you’d not fuss and fume and agitate
You’d come out like the beautiful dancing clay vessel, purified, fit and ready for the Master’s use” (2 Timothy 2:21).

Author’s notes

We are like clay in the Potter’s hands. As we yield to his dealings in and with us, he moulds into the vessel he wants us to be.

Hebrews 12:11 KJV

Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

Psalm 119:73 KJV

Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.

Janet Bengan
Fiction for Teaching, Inspiration and Entertainment

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