This is an oldie but goodie from the old DI archives from 2007. A good reminder that though we’re all broken people, we have a God who shines his grace through all the cracks of our lives.
“We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves” (2 Cor 4:7).
We’re all battered and bruised, broken and fragile people trying to endure the war-torn roads of life. If we strip off all the layers and masks we wear to cover and hide our particular wounds and scars we will find that we all bear similar cracks. Put simply: We are all cracked pots! The problem is that the very cracks we work so hard to hide and cover, or try to repair with cheap glue and other temporary fixes, God desires to use to shine his loving, healing power.
The Apostle Paul describes the amazing fact that God has chosen us fragile human vessels to carry and contain the glory of his powerful presence! But it gets crazier than that. It is actually our WEAKNESSES that can often display God’s loving, healing, redeeming power more than our human strengths.
Each of us have scars and wounds–or “cracks”–we would wish to avoid. No one welcomes the death of a loved one or getting their heart broken in a relationship. Yet, when we invite God’s presence into those dark, fractured areas, God brings comfort, healing and gradual restoration. Every scar has a story. The question is whether we have let God bring healing into those places or not. If not, our scars still tell stories of brokenness and pain, hopelessness and bitterness, tragedy and despair. Yet, if we have invited God’s loving, healing light into our cracked pot lives, then our scars will begin to tell stories of healing and grace, love and forgiveness, reconciliation and restoration.
If you take a candle tonight and place the light inside a cracked jar with a good lid, where does the light shine through? Answer: The cracks. We are all cracked pots. The question is: Are we letting God inside so that He can begin to shine the light of his love, grace and healing through our unique cracks?