When you hear the word vessel, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Water, Anchors, Oceans, Waves?… Perhaps, big ships that pass in the night with stars gazing up in the clear night sky? The vessels that I’m referring to do not have anything to do with boats or water, but rather individuals who are used for God’s purposes and not their own. So, is it hard to be used as a vessel?
To answer that question, one must always remind themselves of the scripture Matthew 11:30- For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. We as humans have a hard time comprehending this when storms are fierce. When we have storms in our lives where the oceans began to create gigantic waves that toss our vessel all around, it is hard at times to remind ourselves the burden is light. If the burden is light, then why the multiple storms all at once? Almost like a perfect storm that keeps growing in intensity with every passing day! These perfect storms are a testimony to God working for goodness and change in our lives, or that is what I tell myself when I’m going through them.
I like to think during these storms as God is my anchor. When the gusty strong winds of the storm come and the spiritual battles with others are heavy…My anchor grounds me, holds me down, and reminds me of my purpose. He always keeps me anchored no matter what storm comes up… I’m reminded that he uses many of us as vessels to help each other along our life journeys. To pray for one another, to fill a void, to scatter treasure in our lives, to plant seeds that grow goodness, to join and unite together for a common purpose for mission work, or just to share our spirit of love with others. Attached song: Drops in the ocean from Hawk Nelson reminds us that together we can be drops in the ocean where our vessels glide along the calm waters. Were the storms halt, and we can be back on the road to peace and hope.
2 Timothy 2:21 – Therefore if anyone shall have cleansed himself from these, he will be a vessel for honor, having been sanctified, useful to the Master, having been prepared for every good work.