“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all surpassing power is from God and not from us. Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Corinthian 4:7, 16-18)
I am a jar of clay. Do you ever feel like that? Outwardly, my physical body is a mess. But inwardly my spirit is being renewed day by day. If you look at me with this world’s eyes you would see a 55-year-old woman in a wheelchair, recliner, or in bed. Most people would think I was miserable, with nothing real to offer anyone. But many, if not most of my days are very joyful as I am learning to lean on the Lord.
I can do some activities, like go to church. But then the rest of the day I need to be still. I can even go out with my family to shop or have a picnic; but it has to be on one of my good days, and we have to pack up my wheelchair. Afterwards I will need a couple of days of rest to recover.
It is always worth what it costs me to spend time with my family. But I have to measure out my strength against what I want, or need to do. I am always in pain. It is just measured in degrees, and I am always fatigued. Always!
But I do not “lose heart.” As our scripture said, “I am being renewed day by day.” This pain that I am in, and my chronic illness have forced me to fix my eyes on Jesus. Every day. I cannot do anything without Him. My kids have grown up watching Mom draw closer and closer to Jesus. They have learned so much watching my husband and I as we depend on God, and all of this far outweighs any painful flare up I go through.
“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope; Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassion’s never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness…” Lamentations 3:21-22
Prayer: Thank you for the way that You work in my life. Help me to remember that though I am a jar of clay, I am in the hand of the Potter who is working out His perfect will for my life. Amen.
About the Author:
Sandra Platt has been a Pastor’s wife for many years and has raised her family while living in a parsonage, and dealing with chronic illness. The Lord is always faithful and His compassions never fail. The song “Great is Thy Faithfulness” is one of her favorites.
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