May 2015 – David Hollis
I see an image of a pottery jug which on first inspection looks like any other jug, but as I look closer I see a maze of cracks, some tiny and others larger and there are chips and holes. This jug has been battered and knocked around. I believe the Lord is saying that there are some here that feel like this jug: you have been battered and knocked around by life, you have known sorrows and heartaches, disappointments and devastation. At times you have felt like complaining, “Why is this happening to me, it’s not fair, it seems like there is no end to the difficulties.” And often these things have gone unnoticed by others; not many know of the heartache you have carried or are still carrying.
But the Father knows! He knows every crack and every chip. He knows every disappointment, every sadness, every tear and every hurt. He wants to heal and to strengthen and comfort you. And He would say to you to draw aside to be with Him and pour out your troubles and just sit and allow Him to speak to you and to pour His grace into your life.
I see again this chipped and cracked jug and I watch as the Father is pouring oil into it and as the oil is poured in the jug cannot contain the oil because it seeps out of the cracks and the chips and the fragrance of the oil and the healing power of the oil flows out from the jug. The brokenness becomes a channel of blessing. And the Lord is saying that as we receive His comfort and Help in our own times of trouble, we will then be able, through His Spirit, to reach out to others who are suffering in similar ways and minister to them the comfort and grace that we have received. So draw near to God and He will draw near to you and you shall receive mercy and find grace to help in your time of need.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”