This season there are clusters of beautiful golden wildflowers blooming along many roadsides. They remind me of a story I heard recently about a cracked pot.
A woman owned several clay pots which she used to carry water from the well to her home each day. One pot was cracked and leaked, losing half of its water on the walk home. The pot became very discouraged and finally told the woman how useless and discouraged it felt because of its flaws. The woman said that the next day she wanted the pot to notice the beautiful flowers blooming along the roadside.
The pot did, and thought they were lovely, but still felt like a failure. The woman then told the pot that she knew it had racks and flaws, yet she hose to keep it. She planted the flowers along the way, knowing that each day the racked pot would water them on the walk home. The lovely flowers were there because of the pots’ flaws.
I see similarities here in my own life. I look at other people and am sharply aware of the racks and flaws in my body. The woman in the story did not choose to discard the pot, or even seal the racks with mud or lay. It’s very flaws were accomplishing her purpose. So it is with those of us who feel “flawed.”
God is using us just as we are for His purposes. Some days He may allow us to see buds of our influence, but many days we may have no idea of the flowers we are watering along the roads we travel. Yet God knows, and one day all will be made plain. Until then, we are fulfilling His purpose here on earth, and He will never abandon us.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I am the work of Your hands–beautiful in Your sight, created for a purpose, and never left alone. Help me to accept my flaws and imperfections, that through them You may bring blessing to others and glory to Yourself. Amen.
About the Author:
Bronlynn Spindler is a wife and mother of three grown daughters and lives in Fredericksburg, VA. God’s grace and strength give her the ability to deal with chronic back pain, depression, headaches, and fibromyalgia. You may contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: We are repeating some of our favorite devotionals this week from past years. This was originally written by Bronlynn in 2009.
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How have your “flaws” made you even more beautiful in God’s sight?