- It’s what’s inside that counts.
- To be about to carry “hot stuff” you must have endured the heat of the kiln.
- If the spout is blocked no matter how good the tea, no one gets to taste it.
- Don’t judge the tea by the pot that contains it.
- You don’t need to be pretty, new, expensive or something special to be of use.
- Even with a few chips and worn pattern you can bring refreshment to people.
- Being of familiar use every day trumps special glorious accomplishments.
“We have this treasure in earthern vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God and not of us.” (2nd Cor 4:7)
I love that word “earthern”. Having studied pottery I understand just what that clay went through to become a pot – the slamming and cutting of the wedging process, the intimate touch of the potters hand, being “abandoned” pushed into the fiery kiln etc. Something of the earth, taken from the earth, shaped by the potter’s hand to become a vessel to hold the living spirit of God. Earthern vessels hold no glory of their own but into the vacume formed within God pours His lifegiving spirit, which, like the tea, we share with others. The simple, teapot, at home with friends, family and neighbours pouring forth comfort and refreshing.