Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Clay Balls

Have you noticed that this week....I haven't really had the time to write from my heart....or, take the time to let God speak to me like I usually do. I want to share a little about the slump I've been I might get up the nerve to do that on Saturday's post!!! Until's one that's been around several times via e-mail...but it holds so much truth!!

Clay Balls
A man was exploring caves by the seashore. In one of the caves he found a canvas bag with a bunch of hardened clay balls. It was like someone had rolled clay balls and left them out in the sun to bake. They didn't look like much, but they intrigued the man, so he took the bag out of the cave with him. As he strolled along the beach, he would throw the clay balls one at a time out into the ocean as far as he could.
He thought little about it, until he dropped one of the clay balls and it cracked open on a rock .
Inside was a beautiful, precious stone!
Excited, the man started breaking open the remaining clay balls. Each contained a similar treasure. He found thousands of dollars worth of jewels in the 20 or so clay balls he had left.
Then it struck him. He had been on the beach a long time. He had thrown maybe 50 or 60 of the clay balls with their hidden treasure into the ocean waves. Instead of thousands of dollars in treasure, he could have taken home tens of thousands, but he had just thrown it away!

It's like that with people.
We look at someone, maybe even ourselves, and we see the external clay vessel.
There is a treasure in each and every one of us. If we take the time to get to know that person, and if we ask God to show us that person the way He sees them, then the clay begins to peel away and the brilliant gem begins to shine forth.
May we not come to the end of our lives and find out that we have thrown away a fortune in friendships because the gems were hidden in bits of clay. May we see the people in our world as God sees them. I am so blessed by the gems of friendship I have with you (my precious blog readers and friends!!!)Thank you for looking beyond my clay vessel.


In His Most Precious Love...and with mine!!!


  1. Wow Deb this posting today is excellent: I am going to recommend it on FB ....enjoyed it so much ...thinking about all the Clay Balls that I tossed because of my Lack of knowing....

  2. Friends are treasure from God. Thank you for your friendship.

  3. Friends are treasure from God. Thank you for your friendship.


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