Prayers for a Cracked Pot

An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her 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 walks from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.

After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream.'I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.'

The old woman smiled, 'Did you notice that 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, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water 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.'

- Author Unknown

Have you ever heard the story of the cracked pot? I had not until I started Google searching after learning that Mrs. Barbara has just been diagnosed with macular degeneration. One of her eyes had a significant decrease in vision over the last couple weeks. When it hadn't improved, she went to the eye doctor. The doctor saw blood in the eye and immediately referred her to a specialist the next day, who diagnosed her with macular degeneration in both eyes. The eye with the vision changes is "wet", which means there are bleeding vessels behind the retina. The other eye has the "dry" form - the macula is deteriorating. There is no pain, just a progressive or sometimes sudden loss of vision. But once there is damage, it cannot be repaired. The doctor explained it this way: the retina/macula is like concrete. As it ages, there can become cracks. When new blood vessels form and come up through the cracks, you get "wet" macular degeneration.

Very interesting description...one that led to my coming across the Cracked Pot story. A story that I feel describes Mrs. Barbara and her new diagnosis. On top of everything else going on in her life, anything new like this can be scary and defeating. One more diagnosis to add to the list along with another drug or two and no doubt the negative emotions at times. Why does her body seem to fail...crack...leak? I wish I had the answer, but only God does, and I find comfort in that I don't have to have all the answers. But I do want to share that amidst all the things BAD that happen to her on this journey, I continue to witness a valiant warrior. She is holding on tightly to the possibility that these clinical trial medicines are working in her body to reverse the cancer growth. She is battling daily through each side effect (fatigue, fever, lower abdominal pain, aches, GI issues, insomnia, etc). It is quite amazing to witness what is "leaking" from her...perseverance, dedication, gratitude, love, humility to name a few. And she is growing some pretty awesome flowers in the process. God has a purpose for His cracked pots. Let Him fill you up, so you can leak out His good works.

Heavenly Father, I lift up my precious Mother-in-Love to you tonight. She is going through so much right now. I pray that she continues to find the small blessings on her journey. I pray others continue to see You in her. I pray we all can appreciate and embrace our cracks like it is written in 2 Corinthians 12:9, "Your grace is sufficient for us; for Your strength is made perfect in weakness." In Jesus Precious Name, Amen.