For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts,
to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels,
that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
~2 Corinthians 4:6-7

A batch of tulips sit in the middle of our kitchen table, decorations from a training workshop I attended Saturday. My thumb is not green and I realized this morning that they needed some attention. Silken petals dropped as I watered the withering plants.

Could I keep them alive if I tried? Surely something so beautiful, so stunning deserved a chance.

In the garage we have a small collection of unused planters. I chose one I’d always liked, just the right size. Once inside I realized it was damaged—handle broken—probably the reason it was in the garage.

I’m trying to overcome the drive for perfection, in myself and what’s around me. We are fallible, broken, earthen vessels of God, that the excellency of the power may be His, not ours.

My 7-year-old daughter walked in as turned the plastic container upside-down, released the clump of dirt and roots, and resettled it in it’s new home.

“Mommy, it’s broken,” she said.

“I know.” I know.


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