I have a confession. I want to can food. I have for 2 years now. And each time I think of it, I’m unprepared to get the equipment fast enough before my fresh market season ends. I mean, Florida heat does not produce much fruit. We’ve got citrus. We’ve got strawberries. But the last 2 summers I have watch frugal, hard-working moms and wives in other states whip up amazing jars of harvested carrots, beans, pickles along with jams, syrups and sauces. I even found one who would make large batches of lentil soup and can those! I see them dehydrating tomatoes, making homemade tomato sauce and I see those jars lined up on shelves, sparkling in the light, revealing what bounty with-in…and I think of this verse:
But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. (2 Cor 4:7)
This treasure refers to the grace and salvation we find in Jesus, as told in the previous verses. How Christ shines in our hearts and is apparent to those who see it…for saving or for perishing. And while the verse talks of clay jars…a part of me wonders if glass is just as appropriate. Because like the clay it’s moldable under some conditions, breakable under others. It’s an imperfect vessel. It helps me wrap my mind around how I’m to be transparent to the world around me; showing the light and love of Jesus within. There are some not so good-looking things inside my own jar, but the love and grace of Jesus can still be on display as He sanctifies me.
Will I ever get to my canning? I’m sure I will. In the meantime, I hope this jar shows the the surpassing power of God.