cracked pot

Posted: 2016/03/26 in Biblical, Devotional, Discipleship, Holy Week, Lent, Three Days
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160326In you, O LORD, I seek refuge; do not let me ever be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me.  Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily. Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me. You are indeed my rock and my fortress; for your name’s sake lead me and guide me,  take me out of the net that is hidden for me, for you are my refuge.  Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O LORD, faithful God. You hate those who pay regard to worthless idols, but I trust in the LORD.  I will exult and rejoice in your steadfast love, because you have seen my affliction; you have taken heed of my adversities,  and have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy; you have set my feet in a broad place. Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; my eye wastes away from grief, my soul and body also.  For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my misery, and my bones waste away. I am the scorn of all my adversaries, a horror to my neighbors, an object of dread to my acquaintances; those who see me in the street flee from me.  I have passed out of mind like one who is dead; I have become like a broken vessel.  For I hear the whispering of many—terror all around!—as they scheme together against me, as they plot to take my life. But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, “You are my God.”  My times are in your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.  Let your face shine upon your servant; save me in your steadfast love. (Psalm 31:1-6, NRSV)

I have become like a broken vessel. But in you my God is my trust.

There is a story of a woman who carried 2 pots down a path to get water every day. Of those pots was cracked and others told her to stop using it, or repair it. But she kept using it, getting only one pot of water back to her home. Finally, family and friends could take no more and told her to fix the pot, and she took them out and showed them the path she walks, and the beautiful flowers down the side of the path that the broken pot was on. The woman told those concerned, that while the pot is not giving me water, it is being used by God to create beauty for me to enjoy.

So even when you are a little cracked, God can still use you to create beauty in the world!

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