God designed each of us for a specific purpose. Many times we feel that things we’ve done in our past blind us from seeing ourselves being used by God. But despite our past and the things we’ve done that went against God’s will, God still can use us. In fact, many times it’s becuse of our past that we are in a perfect position to be used by God.
Consider this story:
A water bearer in a foreign country had two large pots hanging at the ends of a pole that he carried across his neck. One of the pots was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master’s house. The other pot had a crack in it, and by the time it reached its destination, it was only half full. Every day for two years the water bearer delivered only one and one-half pots of water to the master’s house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments—perfect to the end for which it was made. The poor little cracked pot was ashamed of its imperfections and miserable that it could accomplish only half of what it had been designed to do. After two years of what the imperfect pot perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer and said, “I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you.”
“Why?” asked the bearer, “What are you ashamed of?”
“Well, for these past two years, I have been able to deliver only half a load of water each day because this crack in my side allows water to leak out all the way back to the master’s house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all this work without getting the full value of your efforts,” the pot said.
The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and in his compassion he said, “As we return to the master’s house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path.” Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot noticed the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path. But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because half of its load had leaked out once again.
Then the bearer said to the pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path and not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I’ve always known about your flaw and took advantage of it by planting flower seeds on your side of the path. Every day as we walked back from the stream, you watered those seeds, and for two years I have picked these beautiful flowers to decorate my master’s table. Without you being just what you are, he would not have had this beauty to grace his house.”
God knows our flaws. He knows the things that have damaged our hearts, broken our spirits, ruined our reputations but He brought us through and He continues to carry us. More than that, Paul tells us in Romans that “all things in God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to his purpose.” It’s those things we’ve gone through in our past that put us in a perfect position to minister to others. What better way to guide a person out of a harmful situation than one that has already found or been lead their way out.
Don’t think that your past or current situation prevents you from having a godly purpose for your life. We all have a purpose, a reason God created us. And even though none of us is perfect and we’ve done things that have gone against his will and broken us, our purpose remains. You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. – Genesis 50:20.