Blog 181 for September 19, 2020
Are you a “plain Jane”? You’ve heard that expression before, I’m assuming. Maybe you’ve even been called a “plain Jane.” Well, that phrase seems to indicate that one is not much at which to look. Extending the implications, it could include unworthiness or valuelessness. But I have a different take. Read on…
One morning recently, I was flipping through the pages of God’s Word, when my eyes fell on a picture of three small, different size, plain clay pots. This picture was followed by a short article, entitled “Just Plain Jars." It stopped me in my tracks; for I had been listening over and over and over again to the beautiful and wonderful song, written by Gene Reasoner, entitled “ He Didn’t Throw the Clay Away.” Since the lyrics concern broken clay pots, throw-away pots that are redeemable, marred vessels, this short article caught my attention.
That article reminded me that as humans, we are earthen vessels, PLAIN old clay pots as is recorded in Luke 4:7-9. Listen to it. “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God and not us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed, we are perplexed, but not destroyed.”
The answer to our plainness, our depression, our depths of sin, our pig pens, our addictions, is GOD, Master Potter. We don’t have to stay a “Plain Jane” OR a “Plain Joe,” nor a broken clay pot, nor a marred vessel. Just call on HIS NAME. The cast-out, the broken, the sick, the hurting, yes, even the prodigal can come home to the Father’s House, that is, the Potter’s House.
Bill and Gloria Gaither wrote that God can make something beautiful out of your life. Your hurting can be healed, your sin can be forgiven, your sorrow can find comfort, your mourning can be turned to joy, your darkness can become light, your impossibility can become possible. God knows the way out of the wilderness, all we have to do is follow Him, the Waymaker, the Burden Bearer, the Problem Solver, the Friend who sticks closer than a brother. Praise God for re-shaping your marred vessel, as you listen to “He Didn’t Throw the Clay Away,” sung by the Lesters, showing a picture of a vessel being shaped with the words, “Oh God, you are the Potter, I am the clay.” I’m loving Jesus more every day.
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