Clay is all about change. You can mold, roll, pierce, press, throw, bend, carve, and texturize clay. After all of that, if you don't like it you can smash it and start all over again. Even if you let it set out and dry, it can still be turned back to a "mud" by placing it in water. It isn't until you fire it that true change happens. When clay meets the proper temperature & time....it will never be the same....it can never return to what it once was.
Zaccheus was trying to see who Jesus was, and was unable because of the crowd, for he was small in stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree in order to see Him, for He was about to pass through that way. When Jesus came to the place, He looked up and said to him, "Zaccheus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your hourse." And he hurried and came down and received Him gladly. When they saw it, they all began to grumble, saying, "He has gone to be the gues of a man who is a sinner." Zaccheus stopped and said to the Lord, "Behold, Lord, half of my possessions I will give to the poor, and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will give back four times as much." Luke 19:3-8
Those who knew Zaccheus knew who and what he was. They had witnessed his crooked ways. They did not trust him. They did not believe he could or would change. When Jesus not only acknowledged Zaccheus but invited himself to his home....it got people talking. They couldn't believe Jesus would even associate with such a person. I'm sure Zaccheus was a bit shocked as well. However, an encounter with the Lord changed this man...he would never be the same...he could never return to who and what he once was.
Change can happen: in your life, in the life of someone who you love, in the life of someone you might think will ever change. God can use anyone, anywhere, anything, anytime to bring people to that point of change. He meets people where they are at...not where we or they think they should be.