On Saturday the Fancy Flamingos flocked to our house at around 2pm for some girl time. Fancy Flamingos is a tween girls bible study that meets at my house once a month. The time spent with these dynamic girls is always fun. At the moment we are working through a book called Mosaic – brining out your God colour.
This week we worked through chapter 3 which was based around how God still uses us even when we think that we are broken. It’s kind of like a cracked pot. We may go through something that can squash us a bit, leave us with a few bumps, chips or cracks on us but God will still use us for what he intended us for. I’ve heard this before but I always thought this was just one of those “Christian things” people say – this sounds so bad when typed. After working through the chapter and prepping for the tweens I had a new understanding of this.
2 Corinthians 4:7 – 10 says; “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.” If you think about this verse in the time it was written by Paul and you link it to how back then clay jugs were used for everything. People would use it to carry water, store things from food to their most valuable possessions. Clay jugs also break, chip or crack over time and often are thought of as useless. We tend to think of ourselves as useless, battered and broken when really bad things happen to us. If you take a chipped or cracked jug or pot you can put a candle in it and use it as a candle holder. It has now become something beautiful. We have the holy spirit living in us which helps us to shine for Jesus. We are called to be light in the world, just like Jesus did when he was here. When we are chipped, cracked and broken Jesus can shine through our brokenness to the world. This is often seen when we are still joyful and choosing to be nice, kind, loving towards people, trusting in God, etc. when things may be super tough for us.
God uses all the things that we perceive as bad to shape us more into the person he’s created us to be. Kind of like Queen Ester when she was used to save the Israelites. She was an ordinary women who got chosen to be queen out of hundreds of other women. God then used her in this position to save His people. God always knows what he’s doing when he put us in a specific place, even when it’s hard and it feels like we’re cracking under the pressure and stress of the situation.
Teaching this to the girls after I had a better understanding of the whole clay jar thing worked really well and they were even able to identify with it. When they are able to identify with the topic it always make group discussion so much more successful and less random – though random is also good.
After discussion time we worked on our butterfly mosaic’s and played water race. I know we’re in a drought so we used borehole water and used the water to water the vegetable garden afterwards.