“But the jar he was making did not turn out as he had hoped, so he crushed it into a lump of clay again and started over.” Jeremiah 18:4 NLT
Aren’t you glad that the Master Potter, Jesus, didn’t leave you a messed up, lopsided, leaky pot? When we first come to Him we have cracks and issues. But He doesn’t leave us in that condition. He starts fresh and begins to mold a new vessel with His hands that will be useful for His kingdom. To start fresh He must smash the clay and begin again... not with a new lump of clay, but with the same one.
As He molds the clay and makes the vessel He will need plenty of water to keep the clay pliable. Likewise, as we are being molded into the very image of Jesus it’s the continual watering of the Word Of God that keeps us soft and shapable. The water is the key ingredient in molding the pot. But the heat is the key to keeping it from cracking. Firing clay is the most critical part of the ceramics process because it is the one thing that makes clay durable.
When the Lord turns up the heat know that there is a purpose in it... go with it and let the Lord have His way. For a vessel can be perfectly formed and beautiful but unless it’s put in the oven at a very high heat it won’t be of any use! “And we know that ALL things Word together for good to those that love God and are the called according to His purpose” Romans 8:28