Monday, November 9, 2009
Jars of Clay
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us” (II Corinthians 4:7).
I am fascinated by the making of pottery – the skill involved in molding, shaping, and baking it to produce either a work of art or a practical container. In Biblical times, clay jars were a necessity of life in which to carry and store things. They were vital yet fragile as well, for they were easily broken.
The Master Potter has molded each of us. He began before we were even aware of life. He knew as He was turning and forming the clay what our lives would hold, both the joyous and the difficult. Our illnesses and pain are no surprise to Him. Sometimes my jar cracks and chips. At times I’ve felt that I have been dropped from a great height, shattered into many pieces. But God lovingly picks up the pieces, adds His life-giving water, and patches me up, each time strengthening the weak spots with His promises and love.
Our imperfect jars of clay are still capable of holding things - the fragrant incense of prayer and praise for the One who sustains us and the flowering blooms of love and support for those around us. Last but not least, we are a visual work of art created by the Lord of the universe to enjoy. Let us ever be reminded of what we are and Whose we are, and of His all-surpassing power and strength that never fail.
Prayer: Lord you are my Creator and Designer. Thank you for molding me in to a vessel of Your choosing. Fill the container of my life with plantings of prayer, praise, and encouragement. Amen.