But the vessel that he was making of clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he remade it into another vessel, as it pleased the potter to make. Then the word of the LORD came to me saying, “Can I not, O house of Israel, deal with you as this potter does?” declares the LORD. ” Jeremiah 18.4-6
Brokennes is painful - a sense of fragmentation and a need for integration - but Scripture is filled with instances where the brokenness of an individual is a moment where grace can flow in to reconstruct, to bring new shape, to create something new and beautiful even out of the broken pieces of hearts and lives. The prophet Jeremiah compares this to the work of the potter who on discovering a flaw needs to break the pot and begin again. We don’t believe that God causes bad things to happen to us in order that something good may come, but that Spirit of God in Christ can take even that which is shattered and begin to rebuild, to create something new, to bring something precious and vibrant. We believe in a God who can take despair and turn it to hope, can take sadness and turn it to joy, and even take death and turn it to resurrection.