Isaiah 18: 1 – 6
Please share this story with me: A water bearer in India had two large pots hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, but the other was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of a long walk from the stream to the master’s house. But the cracked pot arrived only half full. For two whole years, this went on daily, with man delivering only one and half pots of water to his master’s house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, fulfilling the purpose for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfections, 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 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 paths.” 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 somehow. 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. “Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path but not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I have always known about your flaws, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you have 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 beauty to grace his house.”
Beloved in Christ each of us has his or her unique flaws. We’re all cracked pots. In God’s great economy, nothing goes to waste. As we mediate on the story above, you recognize that no one is flawless. We have one weakness or the other, but the God of mercy uses these weaknesses to demonstrate His love for us. The scripture says. “In your weakness I am strong”. He usually turns our weakness to strengths so that we can remain in Him, and for Him, forever. NEVER CONDEMN PEOPLE FOR THEIR INABILITY TO PERFORM TO YOUR EXPECTATION RATHER, ALLOW GOD TO SHOW YOU HOW THEIR INADEQUACIES CAN BE TURNED TO PRAISE HIS NAME. Learn to encourage them rather than condemn, this is God’s way of dealing with us.
- Take a worship song to praise the God of compassion.
- Meditate on your weakness; and bring them to Him.
- Ask the Lord to assist you in your weaknesses so that they can be used to glorify Him, and bless others.
- Pray for those who think of themselves as of no value; that they may realize the positive side of their lives and utilize it for God’s glory.
- Pray for all who have lost their means of livelihood that God may use the situation to glorify His name.
- Pray for the mentally sick; for God’s intervention in their lives.
Exercise: Share this reflection with someone else.
Memory Verse: Psalm 16: 5