The story is told of a water carrier who had two large pots, each hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water, the cracked pot arrived only half full.
This went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water. After years of dwelling on what he believed was failure, the pot spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. “I want to apologize to you. For these past two years I was able to deliver only half of my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house. Because of my flaws, you don’t get full value for your efforts”.
The water bearer said, “As we return home, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path.” 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 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.”
2 Corinthians 4:6-7 6 For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
Thank God for cracked pots. We sometimes think that for God to use us, we have to be perfect, we have to get things right and we have to know lots of things. But when you look through the bible, you will meet a lot of people who were far from perfect. You might think, I’m too small, not smart enough, people don’t listen to me, I make mistakes. God doesn’t ask us to be perfect, just to be available, to let him use us to bring God’s love into the lives of others. It’s good to be a cracked pot!