A Unique Glazing
In the Book of Jeremiah and Chapter 18, we learn about the potters shop and how our success is contingent on being molded and shaped by our Maker. We are the clay and there is the perfect mixture in us to become all that the potter(God) desires us to be.
After the clay has been shaped and purified by the fire, there is one more step that seals the deal. It's time for the "glazing". Some final preparations on the pot are done by using sandpaper or a pairing knife to smooth any rough patches and scrape off lumps. But the glazing is unique. Every potter has his or her own formulation for glazes. Many of these are a closely guarded secret as the unique properties imparted by a particular glaze. When the glaze is fired on a particular clay body, combined with the characteristics of the design of the piece, it identifies the pot as belonging to a certain potter. In other words, you can tell who made the pot by the glaze...the shine that is on it.
As followers of Christ, we should shine and other people ought to be able to know who we belong to by the "glaze" of Christ that is on us.
Jeremiah was able to see and understand so much from his trip to the potters shop. Clay sometimes gets remolded. It is the prize possession of the potter and though it has to go through fire and be sanded and scraped, once it has been glazed it is ready to fulfill the purpose for which it was made. I have a feeling that though you feel like you have been spinning in circles, the potter is ready to add some living water to your mix and make something special. Yes, there will be some intense heat but afterwards you are going to shine and bring glory to your Maker and joy to those that benefit from you fulfilling your purpose.