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You're the Vessel

The Watered Soul: You're the Vessel

Apr 26, 2010

You're the Vessel

The A-Z challenge continues with the letter V. My focus word for the day is vessel. Vessel is defined as a hollow or concave utensil for holding anything or a ship or boat. Just as ships carry goods, we as humans are carriers as well. Now, I really don't know a lot about ships but I do understand that they operate in the water. And I would imagine that on occasion these vessels run into some storms at sea while attempting to transport their goods to the appropriate port. Not unlike ourselves, we become battered by life storms or events such as childhood, work, relationship, or health issues. The storms are designed to delay or detour us from reaching our divine destination and ultimately destroy us, if possible. But why? Because you're carrying something valuable. No matter how the vessel has been damaged or looks on the outside, its real treasure is found inside. Every human has been created with purpose. And what you're holding someone else needs.

Our inner enemy would often have us believe that based upon the look of the vessel-damaged, broken, and bruised parts-that we couldn't possibly posses anything of significance to someone else. In our eyes, we may appear as just a small boat in a vast ocean full of larger more pristine looking ships. Yet if you're sailing along in this life, there's a void that only you can fill. Our individual voyages differ and the size and shape of our vessels are not the same but the fact remains that your cargo is full of treasure.

However, we possess this precious treasure [the divine Light of the Gospel] in [frail, human] vessels of earth, that the grandeur and exceeding greatness of the power may be shown to be from God and not from ourselves. 2 Corinthians 4:7 (Amplified)

If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That's to prevent anyone from confusing God's incomparable power with us. 2 Corinthians 4:7 (The Message)

If you have a minute, take some time to listen to The Corinthian Song by Micah Stampley.

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At April 26, 2010 at 11:07 AM , Blogger Faith Imagined said...

Very encouraging post and filled with truth! I especially love this sentence, "Our individual voyages differ and the size and shape of our vessels are not the same but the fact remains that your cargo is full of treasure." I also love the song!!!

At April 26, 2010 at 12:05 PM , Blogger Lisa said...

"I'm a vessel full of power, with a treasure from the Lord." AMEN! I'm so glad to be a vessel that is being steered by the Creator of the Universe! Beautiful song!!

At April 26, 2010 at 1:37 PM , Blogger Andrea said...

Blessings and prayers,

At April 26, 2010 at 5:38 PM , Blogger Linda said...

Always love your posts. Thinking about the ships and life's storms I was reminded of the song "In Times Like These" - some of the words talk about being sure our anchor holds and grips the solid rock: Jesus.

At April 26, 2010 at 6:07 PM , Blogger Gregg said...

That treasure is Christ. There is nothing within us that warrants being called or considered treasure. He chose to place Himself, as the greatest gift to be treasured in this earthen vessle in order for us to reflect His glorious character to this world so that they too might desire this treasure!

At April 26, 2010 at 8:00 PM , Blogger Wanda said...

Faith Imagined & Lisa, glad you enjoyed the song.
Whom we allow to steer our lives is very important.
Andrea, blessings to you.
Linda, no greater anchor than Christ.
Gregg, certainly Christ is the ultimate treasure. Yet He created each us to fulfill a purpose in this life, which makes us significant.

At April 26, 2010 at 11:31 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really liked this post! It is so easy to let storms of life beat us down and forget that we carry precious cargo -- thanks for posting this reminder!

At April 27, 2010 at 12:34 AM , Blogger Trudy said...

I LOVE this post Wanda! Such a fabulous analogy between the ship as a vessel and our own lives as vessels! Praise Him!

Have a blessed day!


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