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But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. 2 Cor. 4:7
I wrote the post about my broken miniature clay teapot long ago, but thanks to Pinterest, it’s seeing some new traffic.
You can read about the tragic moment when two chubby little hands smashed my favorite keepsake from my time overseas here.
I’m sure interest in my post is due to more than how my story unfolded, but because my experience resonates with the feelings of so many of us – the feeling of being broken. Whether by the deliberate hand of family or coworkers or by life in general, it doesn’t really matter how we came to hold pieces of our hearts in our hands.
Because no matter how strong we are or think we are, we are all broken beyond repair – born into this world with a fundamentally rooted problem, sin.
And for many women who are accustomed to being the impenetrable rock holding their family together, this is the real rub: we cannot repair ourselves. That’s because once something is broken, even if repaired, it never quite looks the same…or functions the same.
Only God can remedy our sin. Just as my little teapot could never hope to conduct a repair on itself, our restoration as Daughters of the King comes only by the hands of the King himself.
How does the King repair and restore us?
The King remedies our sin by being the perfect sacrifice, the perfect substitution for the penalty of death that was and is marked for us. And when we decide to surrender to the King’s rule, we find life abundant. We are fully, completely, and perfectly transformed; we go from broken by sin to a Daughter of the King.
In Chapter 4 of my book, I write:
“As Daughters of the King, we often look more like broken teapots than lovely vessels. Busted and broken by marriage or failed relationships, we wear the everyday cracks and chips from life in visible ways. We can also bear those pains silently, too. Thankfully, it is broken vessels that the King enjoys using the most through which to demonstrate his all-surpassing power (2 Cor. 4:7).”
I never threw that little teapot away, despite the gaping hole where one giant chunk of clay is still missing. But I kept the teapot, because it is a graphic reminder to me of my relationship with my King.
My little broken teapot reminds me, above all else, that God loves me, his daughter, as a chipped vessel. And every time I see it, it whispers to my heart that it took a movement of grace, a miraculous intervention, for me to become a Daughter of the King.
You might feel that way today, shattered and beyond repair. You might be painfully aware that the way you are trying to pick up all the pieces and hold them together just isn’t going to work. You know that all it will take is one more discouraging word or one more financial setback before all the pieces come crashing down around you. You can’t hold on by yourself forever, and you weren’t meant to.
Thankfully, our King is ready and waiting to mend us with his grace.
What area of your life is in need of a miraculous restoration? How has God used a rough place in your life through which to shine his glory? I can’t wait to hear your story! Share it in the comments.