June 12, 2013

Pagburnayan Pottery Making, Vigan, Ilocos Sur
“You weren't an accident. You weren't mass produced. You aren't an assembly-line product. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on the earth by the Master Craftsman.” - Max Lucado, The Christmas Candle

One of the tourist attractions in Vigan, Ilocos Sur is this iconic pottery place where you'll find skillful artists crafting earthenware using old school methods - with pottery wheel and kiln.

If you want to volunteer, you can get down and dirty for a moment to experience how it's done. There were plenty of tourists at the time we were there that I didn't get the chance to try it.

But while taking photos and observing, I was reminded that God is my potter and I am the clay.

Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. - Isaiah 64:8


Does a clay pot argue with its maker? Does the clay dispute with the one who shapes it, saying, 'Stop, you're doing it wrong!' Does the pot exclaim, 'How clumsy can you be?' (Isaiah 45:9, NLT)

Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use? (Romans 9:21, NASB)

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. (Psalm 139:14, ESV)

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