This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” (Jer. 18:1–2)
Expanded Passage: Jeremiah 18:1-2
My great-grandfather started his family while homesteading in the prairie of South Dakota. There weren't a lot of opportunities for financial advancement on the Great Plains, so he quickly learned to rely on God for daily necessities. One day, his wife, my great-grandmother, asked him to go to town to buy some soap for the laundry. He set off on the dusty road without a single cent in his pocket. As he walked the path to town, he prayed and kept his head bowed. During his talk with God, he spotted a quarter in the road—all he needed to buy the soap.
The profound lessons of God can come from anywhere he chooses; we just need to be open enough to hear God’s voice in these humble settings. In the Gospels, Jesus chose to use everyday things to explain heavenly realities. And in today’s verses, Jeremiah received a taste of God’s fondness for illustrating his greatness using common sights.
God chose to teach my great-grandfather about his providence with a simple coin on a dusty road. Jeremiah, too, was about to receive a lesson from God from a simple and rustic place, the potter’s house. Like great-grandpa, Jeremiah humbled himself to receive God’s lesson. What might God be trying to teach you through those humble and dusty things you might see every day?
Be open to God’s messages in humble places.
Stephen Simpson is a graduate of Wesley Seminary. He has served at Wesleyan churches—in one form or another—since childhood.
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