Monday, 17 October 2011

Cracked Pots

O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter, we are all the work of your hand. Isaiah 64:8

In his book Married for Life , Bill Morelan provides a beautiful analogy of how pottery is formed and how as married couples we experience a similar process:

When shaping a vessel, potters exert equal pressure with their hands on both the outside and the inside of the clay to prevent it from collapsing. After the clay dries, it is glazed and then placed in a fiery kiln. The intense heat perfects the clay by removing blemishes, strengthening it, and enhancing the paint colors. The once wet piece of clay is finally transformed into a beautiful and useful piece of pottery.

Marriage can be viewed as a similar work in progress. Like the clay, you and your spouse will constantly face various pressures from life- job changes, financial stress, parenting responsibilities, and the list goes on. To prevent your marriage from collapsing, you must respond to any external pressure with the internal pressure of a powerful relationship with the living God.

Just as clay is fired in a kiln, so will your marriage go through periods of intense heat. But remember that your heavenly Father is using these times to remove imperfections in your relationship and make it stronger and more beautiful. Face the difficult times together, and let the Lord mold and perfect your marriage, lifting you to higher levels of intimacy with each other and with Him.”
The reality is that on this side of heaven we will never be perfect pots. In fact I prefer Patsy Clairmont’s book title God Uses Cracked Pots. Cracked though we may be, God can and will use us to advance the Kingdom. As other couples see how we handle the difficulties of life it serves as a very loud witness to the Potter who created us all.

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