Sweepin’ the clouds away
On my way to where the air is sweet
Can you tell me how to get
How to get to Sesame Street?
There’s probably not a child (or adult) in America who doesn’t know these words — the 40-year-old theme song of the children’s television series Sesame Street. Kids love it and parents are tormented by it.
But, you wouldn’t know how to get to this place unless it had an address.
The prophet Jeremiah wondered if the people of Israel knew how to get to the Potter’s House. The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: “Come, go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words” (vv. 1-2). So the prophet followed a well-known dirt road across a dry riverbed and found the potter working at his wheel. “The vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand,” reported Jeremiah, “and he reworked it into another vessel, as seemed good to him” (v. 4).
Jeremiah realized that the work of the potter was an illustration of how God was shaping the people of Israel. The clay in the potter’s hand was exactly like Israel in God’s hand (v. 6). The prophet realized that God controls the fate of entire groups of people as easily as a potter manipulates a lump of clay.
But unless we find the potter’s address, we will never be shaped into the people God wants us to be. We’ll end up being less loving, graceful, hopeful, connected and content than we could be. We’ll never experience the truly abundant and everlasting life that we could enjoy.
So take a turn toward the place where God will remold you. Don’t be distracted by dirt roads and dry riverbeds that can lead you off course. Keep turning away from evil and toward Jesus Christ. And let yourself be shaped into a person who is right with God and right with neighbors — one who shows Jesus to the world.