Many of you know that my husband used to be a pastor. He left full-time pastoral ministry in 2007 to pursue the overarching call of his life–teaching. He began as a high school teacher and coach before going to seminary. He then served as a pastor for fourteen year, and finished his doctoral degree at the same time. So, guess what that makes me…
A quick-change artist: I was a teacher’s wife, a coach’s wife, a seminary student’s wife, a pastor’s wife, and am now a professor’s wife–all while married to the same guy! Wallah!
A Few Things Get Rattled
During all those changes, our family–like everyone else on earth–got a few dents, scratches, and chips. While in pastoral ministry, I met many pastors’ wives who had more than her fair share of chips and dents. I was given the opportunity to speak to a group of pastors’ wives and found a fun gift to offer–a piece of hand-thrown pottery with an INTENTIONAL fault etched into the rim. As each of those wives studied the intentionally broken vessel in her hand, I asked a simple question:
“Are you surprised that your life is hard?”
Surprised at the Use, Not the Abuse
Almost every woman in the room agreed. They were NOT surprised at being tested, tried–even abused by unkind people. Their surprise came when God continued to use them to bless others even in their broken state.
Not a New Concept
Patsy Clairmont has been telling us that broken people are some of the best witnesses for Jesus on the planet. And says it with much more flare:
“God Uses Cracked Pots”
It’s through the cracks that God’s Light–and His Love–shine brightest.
Gomer Was More Than Cracked
When I thought of Gomer and Hosea’s story, brokenness, was the word that continually ran through my mind. Gomer wasn’t just cracked. Oh no. This poor girl was absolutely demolished by the circumstances of her life–and more than likely, some were her choice and some were beyond her control.
Israel, too, was broken–demolished. They’d sinned against God and strayed so far from the Truth, they didn’t even recognize the Truth anymore.
What About You and Me?
Are you surprised that life is hard? God can use those cracks and breaks to shine His love through us to a hurting world–and in the process, His love warms us from the inside out.
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.”
2 Corinthians 4:7-10
- How has a broken place in your life made you better able to shine God’s Light and Love to others?