Vases are for flowers…

“And yet, Oh LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter…”
Isaiah 64:8 (NTL)

“Finding our purpose”, a phrase used so often by so many of us who have the desire to know exactly what it is we’re on this earth for. I don’t know about you, but it seems that with each New Year, the purpose needs to be even more clearly defined to me – yes, I get that we are a couple of months in the year now, but some of us are still searching. So bear with us.

It was not too long ago during my morning quiet time that I had a heart to heart with God about my purpose. Why am I here? Surely there’s got to be more to my life than just getting through the day, only for the process to be repeated again the very next one, and the next one, and the next one…you get the picture. Don’t get me wrong, I am grateful for each day that I’m blessed with; however, I’m thirty five, and although I think I’m doing pretty ok for myself; I sometimes get moments when I feel like I’m just wandering through this thing called life. Yes I have goals, and I work hard towards reaching them, nevertheless I truly believe that there’s more that I’m called to do in this life. With that being said, so on this particular morning, my desperation to hear from God about my purpose was so intense. I remember even asking Him for at the very least, a hint, or just a step in the direction I should take. After many futile attempts in trying to find and define my purpose on my own, I figured going to God with it was probably my best bet at getting some sort of light at the end of the tunnel, which wasn’t a train…

The passage I was reading didn’t necessarily have anything to do with me trying to find my purpose (I say this with a whole lot of caution, as in itself, the entire Bible is filled with God’s gentle nudges of what the grandest purpose for our lives is), yet the Holy Spirit, in His loving nature, literally dropped an impression in my heart – Psalm 139:16 and a vase. Weird, I know! This was my exact thought. I stopped reading for a bit, trying to make sense of the vase. The verse, yeah it kind of made sense – all the days ordained for me were written by God even before one of the came to be. Great stuff! This is quite reassuring really, knowing that not a single thing about my life happens by chance. Nothing is coincidental, that there is a purpose and a plan for my life. Awesome! However, I was still confused about the vase, and could not for the life of me connect the dots; “What does a vase have to do with my purpose”? As I was attempting to piece it all together, a few verses about ‘The Potter and the Clay’ came flooding to my head, and as I went through them, Jeremiah 18:1-9 ministered to me greatly. I read and re-read this passage, and it finally struck me; it’s only the potter who knows the reason for which a vessel is created.

When a potter makes a vase, its primary purpose would be for it to display flowers. And while a vase can be used for many things, such as holding water (okay, maybe this is a bit of a stretch, but y’all know what other use you have for vases either than its main one) or even be put on display as an ornament, it doesn’t take away from its primary purpose – displaying beautiful flower arrangements. This is the same with us, we can do so many things with our lives that have both value and meaning, but if we are not doing that which God, our Potter, has created us to do, then we aren’t living out the purpose we were created for. We often try to define purpose for ourselves; but the truth is, only God can do that. And no matter how many times we may mess up while trying to figure it out, God can take those messy pieces and put them back together and still give us something to work with. We don’t find our purpose, we were created with and for it, and it is only wise that when we get to the point of desiring to know what it is, we go back to God for the answer, and sure enough, He will direct us. It is not so much that we need to find our purpose, but allow God to reveal His one for our lives to us and then walk it out.

Do I have the exact blueprint of the purpose God has created me for? No. Not quite the answer that many may have been hoping to get; but hearing and seeing Him direct my path on a day to day basis, I’ve become less anxious about what the big picture is; because I trust that as I remain obedient to His guidance, He will continue to reveal what I need to know, as and when I need to know it.

So although vases can be used for various things, I desire to be one that’s used to display beautiful flowers, exactly as the Potter had intended. As such, I could continue going rogue in trying to find my purpose, or I could just surrender to the one God created me for. I choose the latter!

Blessings,

Ntao

7 Replies to “Vases are for flowers…”

  1. As I read this I’m reminded of Ephesians 1.
    Every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realm has already been lavished upon us as a love gift from our wonderful heavenly Father, the Father of our Lord Jesus—all because he sees us wrapped into Christ. This is why we celebrate him with all our hearts!
    Ephesians 1:3 TPT

    Such a word that everything we need for this life has been given.

    Years back in my journey of seeking to understand myself, The Holy Spirit had to show me that what I’m looking for is inside me, everything about me is linked to my purpose, including my shortfalls . There more I behold Him the more I see my true self, what is inside of me, what I am carrying. We all pregnant with something just that understanding brings a certain alignment. Once you get hold of that truth, your parlet changes, your cunduct changes, the material you consume changes because your goal is to nurture this baby and give birth to a healthy baby. Your gifts and abilities are all linked to our purpose. The process of discovery sometimes is scary and confusing because it demands you to see yourself as God sees you, which is way beyond natural sight. Paul says to the Ephesians, I pray that the eyes of your understanding may be enlightened that you may see the hope you have been called to. Renewal and alignment of the mind.

    I pray that the light of God will illuminate the eyes of your imagination, flooding you with light, until you experience the full revelation of the hope of his calling—that is, the wealth of God’s glorious inheritances that he finds in us, his holy ones!
    Ephesians 1:18 TPT

    Where a purpose of a thing is not know, abuse is inevitable. Dr Myles Monroe.

    Thank you for the share my dear friend.
    As we continue with the journey of Discovery.

    Much Love Woman of God

    1. Thank you for this encouragement friend. So true, all that we need to live out God’s purpose for our lives is on the inside of us.

  2. Hearing the gentle voice of the Lord’s Spirit makes life more beautiful. Reading Psalm 139:16, this prayer bubbles within me… Holy Spirit, gentle Spirit of the Lord, help me to live put each day as it is recorded of my life in the heavenly books in Jesus mighty name.

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