When I lived in Asia, I was privileged to visit India every year to preach and fellowship with Christians there. I would often see men and women carry objects on their shoulders. So when I heard this story, I wanted to share it with you. I hope it blesses your heart like it did mine.

There was a water carrier in India who had two large clay jugs, each hung on the ends of a pole that he carried behind his neck on his shoulders. One of the jugs was chipped and worn and had a crack in it, while the other jug was new and perfect. At the end of his long daily walk from the stream to the house, the cracked jug arrived only half full, while the newer jug was full to the brim. This continued year after year and many wondered why the water bearer did not get rid of the broken jug because it was wasting valuable water.

If the jugs could speak, I’m sure the perfect clay pot would be proud of its accomplishments and all the compliments it got for staying full. But the poor, cracked jug would no doubt be embarrassed because of its imperfection and miserable that it was only able to accomplish half of what it had been made to do. And if these jugs could communicate with the water bearer, it would be entirely possible that the cracked jug would say: “I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you. I have been able to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house. Because of my flaws, you don’t get the full value of your efforts because of me.”

However, it just may be possible that the water bearer would have this to say said to the pot: “Did you notice that on the way back home there are flowers on your side of the path but not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I have always known about your flaw, and I planted flower seeds on your side of the path. Every day while we walk back, you’ve watered them. For two years, I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace our home.

So it is with many Christians. Some seem to have no problems or worries, and they testify daily about God’s providence, protection, and prosperity. While on the other hand, there are those who instead of having showers of blessings, they have downpours of trouble. Just as soon as they get through one crisis, another one comes along. But if God could speak to us, He too might say that this was on purpose because those who seem to have few problems at are able to provide for the less fortunate and needy. However, for those who appear to leak His blessings as fast as they are poured into them, are the reason why so many have gained faith and hope, and it allowed them to blossom where they were planted, and some even brought beauty to the altar in God’s house. – Dr. Robert R Seyda

About drbob76

Retired missionary, pastor, seminary professor, Board Certified Chaplain and American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Director.
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