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TITLE: Light From A Cracked Pot
By Kim Thomas
06/19/06
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A short essay on the life experiences that bring pain and brokenness...but the hope we each have in what God can do with a life that is 'cracked'.

This has a couple of potential targets: gen'l audience, or women. If I were doing it for a devotional-type piece, I would include some specific scripture.

There are a couple places I KNOW need some work...I hope you'll find the ones "I" see, plus give me some clear directions on the ones I don't!
LIFE LESSONS FROM A CRACKED POT

Ever heard of Dr. Howard Carter. No? Okay, how about Indiana Jones? I’ll bet Indiana Jones brings something to mind. The name Howard Carter means nothing to many people today -- even you might be scratching your head!

Dr. Howard Carter is the world-renowned archaeologist who discovered King Tut’s tomb in 1922. Indiana Jones, as you probably know, is the heroic fictional archaeologist of movie fame.

In spite of the fact that he doesn’t really exist, I do admit that Indiana Jones did sort of inspire me toward some interest in archaeology. Well, I should emphasize the “sort of” part. Though I do find this science fascinating, I’m not so inspired as to grab a spoon and start digging in my own backyard.

Though archaeology is not an exact science, archaeologists EXPECT to find something. They expect to find things that will indicate facts about the life and times of those who've gone before us. They expect to find something that will tell a story. Visit any museum and you’ll find thousands of artifacts and vessels from just about every culture. They all have a story to tell.

And many times when those pots or vessels are found, they are broken.

Great care is taken to put the pieces back together. The scientist does this in order to learn what the vessel was intended to be and what it may have looked like. However, even when put back together, there might be significant gaps because of pieces that cannot be found.

And so it goes with us…We are vessels, created by The Potter. But life brings heartache and heartbreak, disappointments and failures…those are the things that can break our hearts into pieces. Some things in life cannot be taken back. There will forever be things we cannot forget. Those are the pieces that are lost.

But, this one thing I know – there is hope! The damage does not determine the value or the destiny of that vessel. The Great Archaeologist has come to dig us out of the ruins of our past; to bring us out, wash us up and find a use for us once again. Maybe even something new!

There is great beauty and purpose in the life that has been broken. In the gaps left by that heartache and loss, the Light inside can shine out in all directions, touching others in a way the “perfect” vessel cannot.

And, according to Barbara Johnson, “God Uses Cracked Pots.”

I am a cracked pot. I have experienced the loss of my husband through death. I’ve experienced a serious health crisis. I’ve experienced the serious health crisis of one of my children. All these things have put some serious “dings” in the vessel that is me.

But through it all, I can honestly say that my heartbreaks have brought me closer to God. He has pulled me out of the mire of self-centered grief, out of hopelessness, out of depression. He has removed from me the guilt of my past. But I have the Light that shines brightly and I can offer the same hope to others who've been broken by life’s disappointments.

I don’t know the breadth of what God can do with vessels like you or me…I only know that He is able to give our lives purpose and meaning, and in His time, and for His glory, He will make us beautiful.
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