This morning my husband told me that one of my flower pots fell over and broke. While I was disappointed, I picked up the large pieces and quickly thought how I could use this cracked pot. I felt The Holy Spirit chuckle at me, as if to say, “Robin, people are like cracked pots.” We all have some form of broken place in our life before meeting Christ. Jesus came to repair that broken vessel. Jesus looks at our lives filled with His purpose not our brokenness. The cracked pot once filled with rich dirt, saturated with water, and blooms must now be restored to something new.
The dirt of life is much like the dirt I fill my flower pots. This dirt may include fertilizer, twigs, leaves, cow manure, top soil and rock but these ingredients work together to make my flowers grow. It sometimes takes time or many seasons to enrich our lives, it may even take a tragedy to bring us to our knees but the objective is to enrich the soil of our soul to lift us to higher places. Without the rich dirt my flowers would have a short life. Jesus knows that our lives are not perfect, it may have some smelly places (cow manure), past sins (old leaves), or tragedy (rocky places) in it, but He uses this to create a story for His glory. Yes, our sins are forgiven but the consequences do not go away, but His favor can even turn those around as well at times. Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” God will take those places and turn it into something for His purpose.
I know that without living water, my spirit would dry up with no hope. Jesus is that living water. My flowers bring joy to me and the broken pot just gives me another opportunity to restore it to new places. Where there may be scars from the consequence of past sin, Jesus restores the broken places back to Him. We have heard many stories of how God took a tragedy and gave new direction. Some of these people would even say that they are glad they went through this tragedy and wouldn’t change a thing. These people took a trauma and allowed the Holy Spirit to turn it into a training ground.
Cracked flower pots are a lot like you and me. The cracked pot may remain broken, a scar may remain visible but the broken flower pot can be created with new purpose just like our scars. The pot may be cracked or even in pieces but I see it as new opportunities to display God’s creation. From one cracked pot to another, I encourage you to GROW!!!