The Old Orange Jar

I made a last minute impulse buy when I was redecorating my daughter’s bedroom a few years ago. On the way to the register my eyes fell on this gallon sized ceramic jar. It had shapes cut out on the sides…and it was orange. I don’t know what made me do it…not even sure what I was going to use it for in her room….but I bought it!

Today, my daughter’s room is no longer that theme, but I can not part with that orange ceramic jar. Last year I discovered that the opening was just the right size to drop a candle down inside and wow! It’s still an old orange jar with holes in the sides; but, in the dark, the light glowing through those cutouts on the sides is beautiful!

You and I are sort of like that orange ceramic jar. Fragile, unique, some of us may have more holes from wounds we’ve weathered than others. But, unlike my last minute impulse buy, we’ve been chosen by the Master Potter for a very specific and spectacular mission in this world….to carry the Light! 2 Corinthians 4:7 (MSG) says, “If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us.”

The next time you’re feeling like the old clay pot…focus on the One we get to carry around in our hearts to share with the world. What a privilege we have been given to carry the Light!

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