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Haunted Bog Water

by Bridgett Lopata

“Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay; you are the potter; we are all the work of you hand.” 
– Isaiah 64:8 
 
I love this verse for the simple reason that it is speaking of art. I have worked with this medium before, and have found many parallels between this metaphor and our journey as believers. However, on Wednesday as I was walking through Hobby Lobby in pursuit of art supplies, I realized that this verse was just part one. I think there is a sequel. 
 
Lined up on one of the shelves in the store was a set of coffee mugs. They were simply made; each one was painted with a white-cream glaze from the rim to bottom of the handle. The bottom of the mug was an unfinished clay with a wide rim that tapered gently off to the base. On each one a word was stamped with black lettering: Thankful, Blessed, Joyful, and Grace. Instead of seeing the clay mug, I saw what it was designed to hold, a cup full of thankfulness, jar of blessings, a mug of joy and a container of grace. 
 
The clay was made into a vessel, but it’s the emptiness that makes it useful. 
 
Fast forward to 2 Corinthians 4:7, “We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.” 
 
We cannot be full of self and expect God to fill in the crevices. Once we surrender, God pours His treasure into our emptiness. He fills us with love and kindness, hope and peace. Often, the treasure is not for us; we are filled so that we may pour out to others. 
 
We were designed to hold something. And we have an opportunity to choose what that something will be. So maybe it is time to empty our cups of self. Time to pour out the soda and haunted bog water so that He can fill our cup to the brim with new wine and living water. We were created to hold great treasure with unspeakable power, not the lies and things of this world.