On Leaks and Grace

On Leaks and Grace March 20, 2012

Today is a rainy day here in our corner of the world, and as I walked into the church this morning I noticed that there were several buckets and a tarp set up near the entrance. It occurred to me that before this morning’s downpour, those who take care of the church building probably had no idea that the leaks existed – they were undetectable until the rain came. Then I thought about my own life, and of how sometimes it has to rain before the leaks – in my character, in my prayer life, in my habits – are exposed. And in my better moments, I remember to ask God to help me fill those leaks, those cracks that are a part of me because He is the potter and I am the vessel made of clay (see Isaiah 64: 8). I am not meant to be an airtight container, self-sufficient and able to hold anything on my own. I am meant to be an earthen vessel, a jar of clay, full of cracks that can only be filled by God, the potter, and more beautiful because of them.

But we hold this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us… 2 Cor 4:7

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  • Kellie “Red”

    Love this insight. So true.

  • maryalice

    And yet, in my pride, I am outraged by those leaks — both the spiritual defects and the problems in my house. It is sunny here, and we spent part of the day on our back porch. Instead of enjoying the sun shine as my children ran and played around me, I could only think about the torn screen, the faulty porch rail, the weeds cropping up in every flower bed. How does one balance being forward thinking, and striving in the right ways towards earthly order and spiritual perfection, with the humility of knowing that this is a life long journey and won’t be finished tomorrow?

  • Juris Mater

    I’m struggling with this too, MaryAlice. I’m not even an earthen vessel with cracks, I’m more like a colander.

  • LOL, JM, this is too funny! There are days when I feel like I colander, too, and I’m going to think of you on every one of those days from now on. Thanks for making me laugh!

  • Bethany “B-mama”

    I sometimes feel like even in downpour, my vision looks beyond the cracks and just tries to endure. Self-awareness is so key in life–and what if I think I’m self-aware and am missing something huge (and potentially sinful?) Perhaps that’s where my hubby comes in to show me my sinful humanity… ?? 🙂

  • Katrina

    Bethany, that’s when I wish I had a spiritual director!!