I recently heard a story of a man in India that carried two pots of water from a brook to his house on each end of a long pole. One pot was perfect, but the other had a crack and by the time he arrived home it would only be half full of water. After a long time the cracked pot finally told the man how ashamed he was that he could only deliver a half a pot of water each trip and would not blame him if he traded him in on a new one. The man told the pot that because of his imperfections that his home was graced with beautiful flowers every day that he picked along the trail because of his watering them every trip he made!
God may have a purpose for our imperfections of which we are not aware. Some that have had severe sickness or some kind of handicap have spent the rest of their lives helping those who have had similar things happen in their lives. Perhaps our “crack” or imperfection may be cancer, diabetes or paralysis, or any number of disease or handicaps we could mention. It could also be anger, impatience, addiction to drugs, having done some crime at a younger age, or any number of things we could name.
Whatever we consider as our weakness, imperfection or crack in our pot, God can use to be a blessing to others because we can now sympathize and work with others that have like problems in their lives. In a similar way Paul, having a physical handicap, thought he could do more for the Lord if it were removed, but was reminded by the Lord in II Corinthians 12:9 that, “My power is made perfect in weakness”.
After Paul understood how God worked through his weakness and imperfection to be a blessing to others, he made this statement in verse 10 – “That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties, for when I am weak, then I am strong.” So let us not be ashamed of our imperfections, but use them to give glory to God and serve others.
Just something to think about!