A lot has happened since my last entry April of last year. I stopped writing on a daily basis, both here and on my Notes app. I used to depend on writing random thoughts or poems for clarity, but certain circumstances in my personal and professional life has lead me to find peace in the silence of prayer and meditation.
I can clearly say that I am blessed no matter how tough things have become at some point, that I was able to keep a grateful heart. So I wish to share a short story I read while going through the devotion by Nicky Gumbel this week.
The Cracked Pot
A water bearer had two large pots, both hung on the ends of a pole, which he carried across his 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 walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot always arrived half full.
The poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do. After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream:
I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you. I have been able to deliver only half of my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don't get full value from your efforts.
The bearer said to the pot "Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side? That's because I have always known about your flaw, and I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you've watered 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."
It's a lovely story isn't it?
Sometimes, we focus more on the hurt and shortcomings, that we forget the value of our experiences to our journey and who we become in life. Without the trials, we wouldn't have the time and space to learn and grow. If we are already perfect, then we will not be needing anybody else including God. What good of a life will that be if we already have all the answers. If we have all the solutions to all our problems. The story of the cracked pot reminds us of these seven lessons:
1. God loves us no matter how many flaws we have or mistakes we commit. He loves us tremendously. No buts and no conditions.
2. There is always a bigger picture we need to see in every situation. Don't let the circumstances get the best of us. Sometimes, the best action is to pause and step back to have a clearer view.
3. Regret doesn't change anything, only action does. Take a step forward, whatever that may be, and slowly but surely we'll get to our destination.
4. Being grateful is a great equalizer. We may not see something to be thankful for while we're in a difficult situation, but there will come a time when we can look back and know why some things need to happen.
5. Life is not meant to be lived alone. We need each other to thrive and prosper.
6. Challenges make us better, only if we allow them to. Remember that what we feed our mind becomes our reality. Plant seeds that bloom, and you will have a garden in you.
7. If we can become one thing, always choose to be a blessing. We have been given much strength and talents so that we can help and uplift each other.
Life is already hard as it is. Why not choose to become the change we all seek?
I continue to pray for everyone's safety and good health amidst the pandemic. We will get through this crisis together.
Niguel is an experienced creative and marketing professional pursuing his dreams while growing with infinite possibilities.