Ever noticed how old pottery has a beauty all of its own? I’d love to be a pottery expert. I go aorund charity shops with my wife, Katy, and I’ve seen some of the blue and white stuff from China and I don’t know if I’m looking an Ming or Han dynasty. But there can be a real beauty, even in stuff that is old and cracked. Sometimes they deliberatly put in errors into the firing process. I think they call it crackle glaze, like in the photo here.
Sometimes I feel like I am old and cracked. No longer at the peak of physical fitness. More often than not I start the day or the week feeling somewhere between 50% and 70% well. That’s just the way it is. In fact, on Sunday morning these days I can sit in the prayer room at church and have a chat with Jesus that goes something like this. ‘Okay. I’m here Lord. I’ve prepared a sermon but I have nothing left. No energy. It’s over to you Lord.’ And you know, the amazing thing is that God turns up. Sometimes the less I have to offer, I feel that people can see more of the Lord God. Sometimes I think back to the days, not that long ago, when I had all the energy and drive I needed. Or I can look around at other ministers who seem to cope so well with all that is thrown at them. And here am I, just a cracked old pot. Now before you all get on the phone thinking that I’m on a downward spiral into depression, that’s not really the situation. It can be alright being a cracked pot.
The Apostle Paul talks about being cracked pots. He says, “We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” He’s saying that the truths of the Good News are amazing, life transforming. They are so powerful that those truths can pluck us out of the icy grip of Satan and plant us firmly into the warm embrace of God our loving Father. But how does God chose to show that message? Through us. Through lil’ old you and me. The physically weak and the emotionally damaged. The time poor and the unemployed. Psychotic, neurotic and damaged human beings.
“We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”
It’s such an important message. Why doesn’t God just write it in sky with fire? Well. To see this message in weak and damaged people gives Glory to God. People look at us and see how messed up we are. And they can say… Wow. God can use him, in that situation? God really can do anything!
And so I’ve this dawning thought in my head. God does not use us despite our weaknesses, but because of them. He doesn’t want perfect people who have got life sussed. He wants weak people who will depend on him. Because as we depend on Him, all day, every day, folk see Jesus.
God does not use us despite our weaknesses, but because of them.
I thought I might return to my blogging for a bit. Take up this theme of Cracked Pots. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I’ll enjoy writing
God bless … all cracked pots 🙂