Strength in Clay Jars

Growing up, my mom loved mason jars. She used them for everything! She had them scattered and placed all over the house for decoration. She would paint them beautiful and vibrant colors. We had MILLIONS of mason jars because every now and then one would become chipped, cracked or completely shattered. This did not matter to my mom—she still had a purpose for every chipped, cracked and shattered jar.

A woman fought hemorrhaging for 12 years until she was healed. The Bible tells us how she visited doctor after doctor, and they all told her there was nothing they could do to help her. One day, Jesus was amongst a large crowd; people were swarming him left and right. The woman reached out and touched the end of His robe. From there the Lord felt the power leave His body. He demanded to know who touched Him.

Overcoming shame, the woman looked up at the Lord. When He saw it was the woman, He said, “Daughter, your faith has made you well.”    

Luke 8: 40-48

Throughout my life thus far, my physical body has been chipped at, has faced several cracks and at times, feels like I am about to completely shatter. From abuse, to injury, to sickness, I have faced the storms of hurt and pain.

2 Corinthians 4 says we have a treasure inside our clay jars . . .

And this treasure we have within our fragile bodies is the strength of the Lord.

Let the world throw its darkness at us, for the Spirit of the Lord lives within us.

Nothing can defeat us.

Shame

 Are you ashamed of your cracks?

The woman was ashamed to show her face to the Lord because of her illness. Our God is not ashamed to be our God, no matter what sickness, shame, abuse and pain has caused cracks in our bodies.

For years, I lived with the shame of being physically and sexually abused as a young girl. This created such a big crack in my body, it almost shattered. The Lord not only healed my broken body, but restored my heart. 

The meaning of restoration is to be brought back into existence. When we are fighting any type of brokenness or pain, it affects who we are as individuals.

The Lord is trying to bring us back into existence, to be who we were made to be!

With each crack on my body caused by the world, the Lord has replaced it with a scar of restoration.

The Lord wants to teach you something through your hurt and pain. Let God use your pain. There is a beautiful story to be told.

Faith

“Your faith has made you well.”

What if this is all it took for us to be healed?

Women of God, faith is the answer! Believe in the healing of your cracks. The woman endured 12 years of sickness until she was healed. It took me 12 years to come to terms with the abuse I faced as a young girl. I struggled and went back-and-forth confused as to what to do. Handing my brokenness over to the Lord was one of the best decisions I could have ever made.

The journey gives our pain purpose. Along the way the Lord is restoring our brokenness piece-by-piece. Let the work of the Lord being done inside of you be bigger than what’s trying to defeat you on the outside.

God has a purpose for every chip and for every crack. The pain you feel will never be wasted when you give it to the Lord. He takes the pain and turns it into strength.

Your strength will empower you to not only walk but run boldly on the path the Lord has set before you.