Sue Townsend – Pastor
Sue Townsend is our Pastor and is employed for 20 hours a week. Sue holds a Bachelor of Ministries and an Advanced Diploma in Theology. Before Sue came to MCC she spent four years as Pastor of Gembrook Uniting Church.
The Pastor’s Pen
This is a story that I read which is a great illustration to remind us that not only God created each of us just as we are, but also God can and will use us all just as we are.
A water bearer in India had two large pots, hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, while the other pot 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 cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water in his master’s house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do.
After two years of what is perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer. “I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you.” “Why?” asked the bearer. “What are you ashamed of?” “I have been able for these past two years, to deliver only half my lead because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your master’s house. Because of my flaw, you have to do all of this work, and you don’t get full value from your efforts,” the pot said. The water bearer felt sorry, and 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 cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful flowers on the side of the path, and this cheered it some. But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again it apologized to the bearer for its failure.
The bearer said to the pot, “Did you notice there were flowers only on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side? I have always known about you flaw, and I planted flower seeds on your side of the path. Every day while we walked back from the stream, you watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my master’s table. Without you being just the way you are, my master would not have this beauty to grace his house.”
Each of us has our own flaws (as well as gifts). We are all cracked pots. But if we will allow it, the Lord will use us to bring beauty to this world. Don’t be afraid of your flaws; remember that in our weakness we find God’s strength.