A water bearer had two large pots. Each hung on each side of a pole which he carried around his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect looking and always seemed to deliver a full portion of water at the end of a long walk from the stream to his master’s house. The cracked pot arrived only half full.
For a full two years this went on everyday with the water bearer delivering one and a half pots full of water to his master’s house. Of course the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments perfect until the end for which it was made, but that cracked pot was ashamed for its own imperfection. It was miserable that what it had been made to do and yet seem to fail.
After two years at what it perceived as a bitter failure the cracked pot spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream, the cracked pot said “I’m ashamed of myself I want to apologize to you.”
“why?” asked the water bearer “what are you ashamed of?”
“I have been able for the past two years to deliver only half of my load because of this crack in my side which causes water to leak out all the way back to your master’s house. Because of my flaws you have to do all of this work and you don’t even get a full value of your efforts.” The pot said to the water bearer.
The water bearer began to feel sorry for that old cracked pot and in his compassion he said “As we return to the master’s house I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path.” Indeed as they went up the hill the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path and it cheered him up a bit, but at the end of the trail the cracked pot still felt bad because it had leaked out half of its load and so again the cracked pot apologized to the water bearer for its failure.
And the bearer said to the pot “did you notice that the flowers were only on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side of the path? That’s because I’ve always known about your flaw and I put it to good use. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path and everyday while we walked back from the steam you’ve watered them. For two years I’ve been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my master’s table. Without you being just the way your are he would have not had this beauty to grace his palace.”
Each of us has our own unique flaws. We are all cracked pots and in this world nothing goes to waste. You may think like a cracked pot that you are inefficient or useless in certain areas of your life, but somehow these flaws can turn to be a blessing in disguise. Remember that nobody is perfect. We don’t aim to be 100% better at one thing, but 1% better at a hundred things. The Christian life is not perfect. There are things in the world that will clearly indicate that you are not perfect and that you have imperfections, but God in His infinite mercy and love will bring it to the good. Trust Him. Walk the walk by faith. Do the best that you can by faith and know that God is in control.
God is in control of this nation, as clearly no one else is. Amen.