“O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the Lord. Behold, like the clay in the potter's hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.
“Hmmm, this flower should be growing like crazy, with all this rain lately”. Sure enough, it had been raining and raining, so with plenty of summer sunshine to go with it, the plant should be doing great. But it was not. It was a nice clay pot with a nice green plant and no flowers. Sorta like a nice tree with lots of leaves, and no fruit.
“Bet it needs more dirt in that pot; probably didn’t have enough topsoil”. When picked it up, you could see the bottom was a darker shade of terra cotta. Upon closer inspection, you could make out a thread-like line. The clay pot was not visibly leaking. However it was leaking enough to discolor the bottom of the pot. And apparently it was losing enough water through the crack, taking soil nutrients with it, to hinder the plant from blooming.
Sometimes I feel like a cracked clay pot. As I think about the flowerpot, I thought of the story in Jeremiah where the Lord sent him down to the home of someone who made clay pots. (Jeremiah 18:1-6)
Sometimes we get cracked, and sometimes we leak. The good news is God made us, and He can seal the cracks we have. He can, and will, fill us again- and we’ll flower! More good news!
Dear Lord, help us take inventory to see if there’s a leak, if there is help us to come to You to repair and take care of it. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.