The Tale of the Water Bearer’s Pots

 Just tuning in? Please start at the Original Post of this Series on “Surviving Infidelity”: Shattered Hearts, Broken Promises.

This is Post 2 for today, be sure to head back one post to The Death of Little Girl Dreams.

I want to share an old folktale with you, which illustrates God’s view of our brokenness…….


   A water bearer had two large pots, each 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 arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his house.

  Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect for which it was made. But 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 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 pot said.

  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.”

  Moral of the story: We’re all cracked pots, but nothing goes to waste in God’s great economy. He uses our flaws for HIS glory. So don’t be afraid of your flaws, for there is beauty to be found in your weakness.

May this broken vessel be used for His glory….


7 thoughts on “The Tale of the Water Bearer’s Pots

  1. I’m such a VISUAL person and LOVE this story! Oh how encouraging to know God can use us, even as cracked pots. Thanks for sharing your ashes to beauty story with the world. You have moved and ministered to my heart in gigantic ways, and I know you have stirred many others as well. You and your family continue to be in my prayers day and night. XO

  2. That is such a GREAT story! I had never heard that before. I really like it a LOT!
    Your post were both so good. I always remember David too! All the things that he did in his life and God still loved him. It always amazes me how much love God has for us all. He loves us thru all of our fault.We are reading thru the kids bible with them in the mornings and we are reading about the Isrealites.They walked away from God so many times and he would always come back and help them.If it were me I would have left them a LONG time ago!:) But God is an Awsome God and he is always right there to pick us up and carry us thru the parts of our life that we just can’t walk.
    It is amazing the changes in my husbands life since he came out and told me all that he had been holding in for so long. He is so much more attentive to me and my needs now. I feel so much closer to him now. I have been thru the”why is my life not going the way I planned it to go”.I have been realizing these past few weeks that I have the feelings for him that I used to have when we were engaged. I have wanted to be that in LOVE with him for so long and now it feels so good to be back to US again. We(I) are/am still working thru our issuse,but we have come a long ways since then.
    Thanks for your posts.They are very encouraging. You are in my prayers.Hugs,Kristina

  3. I had never heard that story before and I absolutely Love it!
    So Beautiful!
    Thank you so much for all you share you have really been working on my heart.

  4. I love how he found a purpose in the cracks in his life. I have experienced this as well and its why Jeremiah 29:11 is a special verse for me. I know the Lord had GOOD plans for me 9 1/2 years ago!

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