Thursday, November 21, 2013

Cracked Pots

There's an old story about two pots, one cracked, and one without any flaws. If you want to read the whole story, check it out here, but I'll just summarize it.

Basically, there's a water bearer, who carries two pots of water to her lady's house every day. One is cracked, and the other is whole. The one with the crack in it only delivers half a pot of water to the house, whereas the whole pot, of course, brings a whole pot of water. This goes on for some time, with the whole pot proud of its awesomeness, whereas the cracked pot is getting sadder and sadder. One day, it apologizes to the water bearer for not being able to carry a full pot’s worth of water. The water bearer asks the pot to notice the beautiful flowers along the path. There are only flowers on the cracked pot's side. Knowing full well the pot's flaws, she had planted flower seeds along the path, and now she can pick those beautiful flowers for her lady's table.[1]

We fit perfectly with this story because, let's face it, we're all cracked pots. All of us have flaws, imperfections, things which are less than perfect. The Apostle Paul wasn’t exempt: he had weaknesses too. Writing about the “thorn in my flesh” he was given, he says how he asked God three times to take away this weakness from him (2 Corinthians 12:7-8, NIV). But God refused, telling him that, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

God knows about each and every one of our weaknesses, whether part of our sinful human nature, or specifically put upon us by the enemy to torment us. And just like Paul, He uses each one of them to portray His power through us. Just like those flowers, something beautiful and amazing can come out of our flaws through His power. After all, when we know we can’t do it through our own strength, we realize how desperately we need to rely on God for His. It’s when we realize how weak we are that we can become truly strong in Him (2 Corinthians 12:10). Instead of dwelling on our flaws in misery, let’s rely on His power to use them for His glory.

Father, thank You for loving me even with my flaws. Help me to remember that through Your power I am made strong. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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