A Place of Grace

Thought of the Week

    by Susan

   July 31, 2017

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Pearls

We went to the beach recently, what a wonderful time! It was storming and flooding like something crazy, but we had a great time. In between the lightning strikes and flooding Elianna and Ken went into the Gulf collecting shells. By the time the rest of us got there, Ellie had quite a collection to show us. Funny, her prize was a “white pearl”. She was proud of that one. It actually was a marble but why burst her bubble?

Anyway, have you looked at shells they are unique. Some shells have holes in them, some are colorful, some are chipped and some have unique patterns, no two are alike.

Kind of like us right? We have our flaws, our cracks, our unique markings, all of which make you, you. God knows all about those flaws, your special markings and He loves you. He knows how you came to where you are. He knows just what caused the imperfections and He loves you. To Him you are that beautiful “white pearl”. You are worthy, you are valuable. He knows when people say “you are just a marble” or “look at the ugly crack in your shell you aren’t perfect, no one wants you.”

Your imperfections are what make you unique and beautiful to God. He has special plans for you and can use you if you allow Him.

I love the story of the “Cracked Pot”. We are all Cracked Pots, broken shells, and marbles. We are God’s children, so give Him your imperfections and let Him tell you how He sees you as beautiful, worthy, loved and His precious treasures.

Many times we don’t think we have anything special to give to others or that we must have been hiding behind the door when God passed out the gifts. We, a lot of times, see only our frailties or what we think are disabilities instead of our strengths. Then we can feel so inferior to others and down on ourselves, which in turn, lowers our self-esteem and causes us to feel unworthy. The truth is, God doesn’t make “junk”. Inside of each of us, through all our strengths and frailties, are gifts and treasures that we have been given by our Heavenly Father. The Word says in Psalm 139, that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. You know we are made in God’s image and likeness. Now does that sound like God makes junk?

I want all of y’all to know how each one of you are unique and valuable to each other and to God, so from this “Cracked Pot” to all y’all “Cracked Pots”, remember God loves you and will use you just the way you are and where you are right now.

Cracked Pot

A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on each end of a pole, which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master’s house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his master’s house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do.

After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. “I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you.” “Why?” asked the bearer. “What are you ashamed of?” “I have been able, for these past two years to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your master’s house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don’t get full value from your efforts,” the pot said.

The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and in his compassion he said, “As we return to the master’s house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path.” Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path, and this cheered it some. But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again it apologized to the bearer for its failure.

The bearer said to the pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of your path, but not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and everyday while we walk back from the stream, you’ve watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my master’s table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beautify to grace his house.”

Each of us have our own unique flaws, so, yes, we are all “Cracked Pots.” God will take our weaknesses and turn them into strengths. Our flaws can encourage others and could lead others to Jesus. That certain something you may consider a flaw can in actuality be the greatest asset in touching someone else’s life and aide in your own spiritual growth.

 

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