The Potter lights a fire and so it burns,
Till one thousand nine hundred degrees it turns.
The temperature is hot, but it is the only way,
It shall not destroy but rather transform simple clay.
The future outcome of the work never leaves the Potter’s sight,
And so, He continually feeds the flames even through the night.
Though the process to us seems long and slow,
He knows glaze will turn to glass and vessels will glow.
And what emerges from the fire will be what once only the Potter could see,
A beautiful, finished work of art in actuality.
Did you know?
Pottery often has to go through some sort of extreme heat or fire for it to actually be usable. In the case of simple redware pottery, the pieces are heated to about 1,900 degrees Fahrenheit. In the days before modern electric kilns, this meant constant monitoring and feeding of the kiln fire for 24-48 hours. Talk about dedication! Sometimes circumstances in life hurt. Sometimes circumstances are just downright hard. Yet God remains through it all. He stays even in the darkest part of the night. He gives peace and strength to endure. He uses these circumstances to make us grow. He uses all things for the good of those who love Him. Sometimes life feels like going through a fire, but God sees us to the end. Thanks be to God.
Read more lesson’s from the Potter’s Wheel here.