Earthen ware vessels, having passed through the rough, uncaring hands of the world...often acquire 'chips'. With continued carless handling, those chips lead to 'cracks' and...eventually... the cracks begin to 'leak'.
The Potter takes a stiff, marred vessel that is in this condition and 'repairs' it. The vessel, very sure of its ability to cope, goes back into the hands of the hard world and is used in the same demeaning manner. And again...it begins to leak. Once more, The Potter reaches and repairs the still rigid vessel which, unconvinced of its 'frailities', returns to the hungry, waiting hands of the world. This time, cruel and subjective handling is inflicted upon it...so much so...that it is almost entirely destroyed and now, along with the chips and the cracks...the leak...has become a gaping hole.
The vessel, now 'pliable', seeks... and finds its way back into the waiting hands of The Potter, who does not repair...but breaks it completely...making it over again.
Brand new and reinforced, the vessel goes back into the world, however, now it has been 'fortified' by The Potter with 'new' materials that makes it not 'easily' broken. And it has grown wise...for it is when the 'first' chip appears (however minute it may appear to be) that it hastens to the Potter's House.
Yes, the earthen ware vessel has learned a hard lesson, but it now knows and readily accepts...that as long as it exists...it will always 'need'...The Potter.