Publisher- Kathy Bernard

"Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work."  
2 Timothy 2:21


There is a story about a water bearer in India who had two large pots.   Each hung on the ends of a pole that he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a small crack in it but 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 master's house, but the pot that was broken near its bottom arrived only half full.

For two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his master's house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, and bragged constantly about its full measure of water when it arrived.  But the poor broken pot was ashamed of its imperfection, and miserable that it was able to retain only half of what it was supposed to hold.  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?", asked the water bearer.   "I have been able, for these past two years, to carry only half my load because this crack that I am afflicted with causes water to leak out all the way back to your master. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don't get full value from your efforts," the pot said.

The water bearer felt sorry for the poor broken 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 path."

As they went up the hill, the old pot noticed the sun warming some beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path, and this cheered the pot a little. 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. The bearer said to the pot, "Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of your path, but not on the other pot's side? That's because I have always known about your flaw, 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've 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, my master would not have this beauty to grace his house."

This story of the leaky pot is really a story about each of us.   We have all been broken during our lives.  Brokenness of loss, pain, misery, tribulations, treachery, loss of loved ones, disappointments and all the things we, as human beings face.  Crushed under the weight of situations we can not control or make right, we do not understand these afflictions or the purpose of suffering. 

Sometimes life can undermine your spirit, put a padlock on your joy, and leave you in a state of sadness.  Insurmountable burdens and hardships pile up and steal all hope, turning everything into ashes of despair.  Sometimes we even lose our focus on Jesus Christ, and try to find something or someone who will understand and comfort us.  For a while, we forget that true comfort can only come through the Lord. 

Why does this happens to us?

Alan Redpath, a well-known British evangelist and author of 15 books, had this to say about human brokenness: “God will never plant the seed upon hard, unbroken soil. He will only plant His seed where there is brokenness, where the soil has been watered with the tears of repentance as well as the tears of joy."  The brokenness of the human spirit weighed down by suffering is God’s good time, a time when He is able to connect with us.  He will sometimes choose those of us who are weak in spirit, emotionally bankrupt, bowed in sorrow, but are open to His design. If we can understand His plan from a human perspective, we will know He is coming through with understanding and victory for us at the end of each ordeal.  It is times like these that we come to see how God has to "break" us in order to make us straight; to crush us, making way for His seeds of faith to grow and prosper.  Psalm 34:18 reads "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; He rescues those who are crushed in spirit”.   It is through that brokenness we become sanctified and purified; a vessel of honor.

True prayer is born out of brokenness," another author, Francis J. Roberts writes on this subject.   "The way to purity in Christ Jesus is in brokenness." This is the time when the Lord steps in with His healing balm and His everlasting comfort.   This is the time when God gives us a flash of His mighty power and His invincible strength tempered by love for us all. 

"Deliverance comes to us only by defeat of our old life.   Safety and peace come only after we have been forced to our knees in supplication. God rescues us by breaking us, by shattering our strength and wiping out our resistance." writes author A.W. Tozer on this subject. 

God judges your faith and willingness to be obedient to your tasks.  He redesigns you, filing down your sharp edges with trials, teaching you to someday take your place among His elite.   He calls you to accept His challenge for the tasks He has appointed for you.  Walk without fear or hesitation, knowing that in your weakness you will find His strength.  Like that imperfect water pot, God can use whatever you honestly bring to Him and He will repair and fortify you.  "So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable.  Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless."(I Cor.15:58).

Acknowledge your imperfect humanity, be a yielded vessel staunch in faith and obedience.  Be the "broken pot" that waters the beautiful wildflowers as you make your way on the path to glory.   Go boldly, accepting your divine obligations, knowing that in your brokenness you will find His almighty power and His purpose for your life now and forever.  

St. Paul said as preacher of the gospel, "But we have this treasure in
earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may
be of God and not of us." - 2 Cor. 4:7


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