“these were the potters, and those that dwelled among plants and hedges:
there they dwelled with the king for his work”
(I Chronicles 4:23)

This is one of those times when I’m writing to remind myself that I need to absorb and apply the message
as well as everyone else.  At first I thought this Scripture was all about potters and gardeners, and it is,
but there’s a another lesson here just below the surface.  

The potters and the gardeners were the workers, the people behind the scenes.  They lived some distance
from the general population and rarely, if ever, had the opportunity to visit urban life, much less the royal
palace.  They didn’t have to see the king every day and they didn’t require intermittent reinforcement every
hour on the hour as some of us do.  They just did the best they could with the duties they were given, even
though those who were inside the palace walls enjoyed the benefits of the labors of the king’s servants
without putting in the sweat equity that the servants did.  Nevertheless, the potters and gardeners learned
to be content where they were, serving the king without complaint.

Treasures have been unearthed from the depths of the earth, the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in old
earthenware vessels hidden deep within a cave, and diamonds and precious stones have been extracted
from rocks.  Pottery vessels have been invaluable throughout the ages in preserving sacred historical items.

Our place of our habitation is fixed.  We are to be a blessing wherever we find ourselves.  Often we have
a “family of choice,” yes, but there’s no such thing as “neighbors of choice” - we get what we get and
we are to be content in serving out Lord wherever we find ourselves.

"O Israel, can I not do to you as this potter has done to the clay?  
As the clay is in the potter's hand, so are you in My hand.”
(Jeremiah 18:6)