Refine: Five Minute Friday

Refine: The Potter carefully, sometimes forcefully, shapes the clay to give it value and lasting purpose.

Today, I’m joining the Five Minute Friday crew and writing on the prompt “refine”. The #FMF linkup happens each Friday. Visit this link if you’d like to join in.

Clay Refines Through Fire

It’s such a small word, refine. But, it takes a lifetime to understand it. So much of the last 8 years has been a refinement process for me. I am still learning that

  • I’m not of this world but in it.
  • People are people and I can’t expect more from them, nor them from me.
  • Trust is earned; you can’t fake it.
  • Writing takes time and space; you can’t force it.

Yet, God is sovereign, on the Throne of Grace. He guides and guards.

Potter shapes the clay into something lasting
(Image credit: Angela, aka “mnplatypus” via Pixabay, public domain.)

Refinement is much different than I imagined. The kiln is full of fresh clay pots, waiting for heat. But not wanting it at all.

Alone together.

Some pots crack from the intensity of the fire.

Others explode under the pressure.

Clay strengthens through intense hear
(Image credit: Mozue via Pixabay, public domain.)

Few are strengthened, made sound and solid by the very same heat that blew others apart.

Is the potter to blame?

Did the pot quit or not understand the importance of being fired?

Heat purifies, cleanses and strengthens
Heat purifies, cleanses and strengthens. (Image credit: Samuel Faber via Pixabay, public domain.)

A fully fired pot carries water and brings life to the thirsty ones.

Stay in the fire.


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8 Replies to “Refine: Five Minute Friday”

  1. What a great reminder…. that when I’m under intense fire it’s because I’m being refined. Great word.

    1. Hi, Kimberly. Thanks for reading. The fire is hard. We absolutely want to get out of the heat asap! But, if we do, the strengthening process will be cut short. The vessel breaks. Keep writing!

  2. What a thoughtful post!
    Do you do this kind of work–with the potter’s wheel and the firing Kiln and all? You seem personally knowledgeable. I think that’s a fascinating art. Thank you for sharing this!

    1. Hello, Sylvia. I grew up playing on a potter’s wheel. My mother is an artist. Thanks for reading and commenting! (Yes! It’s a great art.)

  3. I love how you pulled in your knowledge of making clay pots and brought it to life. What a great connection. The fire is hard and seems sometimes it seems easier to give up, but if you stick with it and come through it there is often something beautiful on the other side.

    1. Thanks very much, Amanda! My pot-making skills are rusty but I’ll never forget who shapes. Thank you for stopping by.

  4. It’s really sobering to think that we have a choice whether or not to stay in the fire and undergo that refinement process. But if we do, we become strong and useful. I really appreciate your reflection here; thanks.
    Jeannie (#28 in linkup)

    1. Amen, Jeannie. Not all discomfort is bad as long as we remember He WORKS all things together for His good purpose. Thank you for visiting and for commenting.

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