“Opening the form” happens after centering. The potter puts his finger into the very center of the clay to create a well. As He pulls the clay towards him, the clay begins to respond. Re-centering happens throughout this entire process. We are constantly in need of aligning ourselves with God and his ways. There is an interesting incident in Jeremiah18:
“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.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. Then the word of the Lord came to me. He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.”
We all get marred by others: cruel words, physical abuse; emotional manipulation. We call them scars. But sometimes we mar ourselves – we make choices that catch up with us. And it’s not that the Potter has to throw us away, but there is a re-centering, and maybe a new well, a new direction in the plan. The Potter is not stumped, but the pot may take on a different shape on the way to fulfilling the Potter’s purpose.
Sometimes our lives take a path we don’t expect. We had this plan – we were going to do THIS with our life – but we got marred, and something about that marring changed the shape of our lives. And we still have the same purpose we always did, but now we might get there a different way.