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February 23, 2022

Broken but Still Cherished 

 An elderly Chinese man had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which he carried across his shoulders.  One of the pots had a crack in it 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 house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.  For a full 2 year, this went on daily with the elderly man bringing home only one and a half pots of water. 

Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.  But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection and felt miserable for it could only do half of what it was made to do. 

One day, after two years of what the cracked pot perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the elderly man when they were by the stream.  “I am ashamed of myself because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way to your house.”

The old man smiled and said to the poor cracked pot.  “Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side?”  The old man continued.  “That’s because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted seeds on your side of the path.  Every day, while we walk back, you water them.”

“For the last two years, I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table.  Without you being just the way you are, there would not be these beauties to grace the house!”

 

We are all broken, but never forsaken by our Maker.  May we be comforted to know that God loves us regardless of our inner or outer blemishes that might make us feel inadequate, ashamed and miserable.  He is the potter and we are the clay.  He is still able to shape and mold us to His liking while we travel this path of life measured by 'Time' with Him.  And when 'time' is no more, our lowly bodies will be transformed to be like Jesus' glorious body and our soul in eternal bliss with God.  (Philippians 3:21)

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