Treasures in Earthen Vessels: Less some become boisterous
Wonderful, beautiful spirits, in clay pots
Treasures in Earthern Vessels
It was in the Month of June, 2011, when I became ill from a gastrointestinal bleeding episode, of unknown etiology. I lost a third of my blood supply. I drove myself from Franklin, Tennessee to Nashville, Tennessee, approximately 21 miles, and doctors there admitted me to an Intensive Care Unit. The thousands of patients that I had care for in the past crossed my mind, as I rested there on the ICU, in the role of being the patient myself. For 20 years I had practiced the saying, "Physician heal Thyself." But with this medical problem, or was it to become a surgical problem, I was helpless. I could not heal myself of this one.
That's when the scripture as written in 2 Corinthians, the 4th chapter, the 7th verse, crossed my mind, "But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us."
For the first time, I understood what the Apostle Paul was saying in this verse from the second epistle. I have had a full measure of health, for so long that I was beginng to think that I would never get sick. I was above illness. I was a great physician. Look at what I have done and look at what I can do. I have found diseases in people, cancer even, and have done my share of healing many, many people of these illnesses. Look at how great I am. But as I lie on the bed bleeding to death, I realize, the power to heal is of God and not of me. All these years, I have been, at best, only an instrument of Living God and not God myself. My body, the earthen vessel, is not the treasure. God has place the treasure in the earthen vessel to help me maintain a sense of humility. Why, I would forget that I was not God if it had been any other way.
This is going to be a short hub. I hope that you have gotten the message that I am trying to convey in this short discourse. The fact that we are feeble in body is a good thing because helps us to be humble. Pride is a dangerous thing, especially for those of us who have power to heal. Healing comes from God. Let's not forget it. If you are not religious and you are reading this discourse, think of Nature. God is all caught up into Nature, somehow, in a matter that is beyond the scope of this short hub to explain. Believe me. I am a Nature farmer, in addition to being a healer. I learned the concepts of Nature farming while living at the base of Mount Fuji in Gotemba, Japan. One can sense God in Nature, even in Japan, a place where only 1% of the population is Christian.
And earthern vessel can break or crack. I can last for a long time, but it want last forever. It will lose its beauty after a time. It is made of the clays of the earth. "From the earth it came and back to the earth it shall return. That's the way it is. This is a good thing. So be it.