The Treasure in A Clay Pot
JOHN 21: 15-17
A water-bearer in India had two large pots, both hung on the ends of a pole, which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot always arrived half full.
The poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do. After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water-bearer one day by the stream:
‘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 must do all this work, and you don’t get full value from your efforts.’
The bearer said to the pot, ‘Did you notice that there were flowers only 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, and 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 the house. (Thanks to Micky Gumble in The Bible in One Year)
All the Gospels, transparently and unapologetically, show us how the disciples were often weak, fearful, and broken persons. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 12 that God’s grace is made perfect in weakness (vs. 8). When Jesus asks Peter to affirm his love 3 times, the same number of times he denied Jesus, and then Jesus calls him to “feed my sheep.” he reveals to us the grace of God , who chooses to work through sinful humanity and the broken and fallen to be his instruments for the bringing in of the Kingdom.