My first trip to Israel was in many ways a blur. I saw so much and God was showing me so much, it took weeks to unpack it all. There were times when I felt as though it was just God and me…alone in the Land. Almost completely oblivious to those who were there with me. First timers…be forewarned!
As I prepared for this trip, God lead me to a most interesting passage of scripture. “And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do.” Jer. 18:4 (ESV). I sensed God wanting me to pay attention to those around me, those who would be on the trip with me. As the days progressed here is what I saw. First, the combination of our tour guide, the pastors and ministry leaders that made up our touring group and the fellowship that continues to grow into true relationships. All make up the “Hand of the Potter working on the outside of the vessel.” Secondly, there was God’s Word and Spirit working deeply and richly inside each of us, producing changes, “as it seemed good to the potter.” This is the “Hand of the Potter working on the vessel from the inside.”
Every day I observed the Potter doing that which only the Potter can! Reworking men and women as it seemed good to Him. Further, I saw men and women yielding to the strong yet gentle hand of the Potter, as He skillfully reordered our lives for His Name’s Sake!