“For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. 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 are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.”
2 Corinthians 4:6-9, NLT
As I was walking along the unmade up road to see Natalie on 7 June 2010, I noticed some broken pieces of china, pottery and glass half hidden in the mud (hidden treasure) and picked them up as I thought I could use them in a mosaic. We then went to see Natalie’s mum, Caroline, and I walked back from there to my home. On later looking on a map, I saw there was a path between Caroline’s home and mine (known as the “black pad”). On 9 June, I walked the length of the “black pad” collecting broken pieces of pottery and china from the track. I cleaned them up and laid them out on a place mat to see how much space they would need. On 11 June, I went to see Natalie and Clarck and took a large piece of MDF that I needed “jigsawed” into smaller pieces. Clarck duly jigsawed this for me. On 12 June Amanda came to visit and suggested I could form the broken pieces into a pot shape mosaic, signifying “the church” – Jesus’ vessel to be used by Him for His purposes. Kirsty drew a pot shape onto the MDF and I spent the evening doing the mosaic, that I believed God wanted me to entitle “Hidden Treasure of Shirebrook”.
On 13 June I received a “Seeds of the Kingdom” devotional from Ellel Ministries in Lancaster, written by the founder, Peter Horrobin. His devotional for that day spoke of Jesus being the only foundation that is sufficient to withstand all the pressures and storms of life and that our lives need to be built on the Rock of Jesus Christ. The devotional was entitled “Hidden Treasure” and included the following scripture:
“My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
Colossians 2:3, NIV
As I meditate on this mosaic, I can see how each broken piece represents a broken life that Jesus has tenderly picked up from the side of the road and put on his donkey (representing each of us Christians as His servants) and brought into fellowship in His church (as in the parable of the Good Samaritan – Luke 10:25-37), because He sees each one of us as His treasure. There is one piece in the pot that is loose because I did not put enough “glue” on it, but even that is significant. It represents those that have fallen away; the pot is not complete without the missing piece – there is a place in the pot that was designed for that piece to fit.
I am reminded also of the story of the Potter and the Clay (Jeremiah 18). If only we had allowed ourselves to be formed whilst we were still soft clay by the master potter (Father God) into a vessel worthy of being used for great purposes. But we come to Him as broken vessels, crushed but not abandoned. He is there, as He always has been, to pick us up, clean us up and form us into a vessel fit for His purpose (to carry the Glory of God?).
Have a look and see where you think you fit – are you a big piece or a small piece? All are necessary. Big pieces need more room, little pieces can fit into small spaces.