Fragile, easily broken yet molded and shaped to be exactly what the potter meant to create.
In 2nd Corinthians Paul talks about the treasure of God held in a jar of clay to help us remember that we aren’t the ones that hold the power, God does.
I don’t know about you but I need to be reminded that I’m not the one who holds the power, I’m not in control. All I can do is steward that jar of clay to the best of my ability but ultimately it stands as a reminder of where that treasure came from. I get to possess the treasure that God has so graciously given me.
Paul goes on to say “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.” 2 Corinthians 4:8-11 ESV
When life isn’t going the way that I want, I need to meditate on this verse. I need to be reminded that it’s not about me getting the things the world says I should. It’s about realizing that I carry an immense treasure, a remarkable, glorious, God gifted treasure and that He and only He has graciously gifted it to me. It’s about shifting my perspective so that I recognized in humility who God says I am and more importantly who God says He is.
Picture yourself holding a clay jar, and then remind yourself that God is holding that jar – and you – together.