Back in 2003 after having spent the year before reading Sarah Ban Breathnach's book "Simple Abundance" I took her suggestion to heart and wrote my own daily devotional. Each day I took a line or two from one of the various spiritual authors from the last three centuries I was reading and wrote my own thoughts on the subject. I then looked for a scripture that illustrated the truth that had been revealed to me. What follows is the result.

"Our greatest bondage is to have our own way; our greatest freedom is to let God have His way." Warren Wiersbe

Sunday, September 25, 2011

"An Earthen Vessel"

"An Earthen Vessel"

The Master stood in His garden,
Among His lilies fair,
Which His own right hand had planted
And trained with tenderest care.

He looked at their snowy blossoms
And marked with observant eye
That His lilies were sadly drooping
For their leaves were parched and dry.

My lilies need to be watered,”
The Heavenly master said.
“Wherein shall I draw it for them
And raise each drooping head?”

Close to His feet in the pathway
Empty and frail and small,
An earthen vessel was lying
That seemed of no use at all.

But the Master saw and raised it
From the dust in which it lay,
And smiled as He gently whispered,
“This shall do My work today.

“’Tis only an earthen vessel
But it lay so close to me.
It is small, but it is empty;
That is all it needs to be.”

So to the fountain He took it
And filled it full to the brim.
How glad was the earthen vessel
To be of some use to Him!

He poured forth the living water
Over His lilies fair,
Until the vessel was empty,
And again he filled it there.

He watered His drooping lilies
Until they revived again,
And the Master saw with pleasure
That His labor had not been vain.

His own hand had drawn the water
That refreshed the thirsty flowers,
But He used the earthen vessel
To carry the living showers.

And to itself it whispered
As He laid it aside once more,
“Still will I keep to the pathway
Just as I was before.

“Close will I keep to the Master.
Empty will I remain;
And someday He may use me
To water His lilies again.”
            --author unknown

1 comment:

  1. I love this & it is my prayer that GOD will use me "HIS empty vessel" to fill me with HIS living water. So by doing so, I may be useful in HIS ministry.