Barbara Johnson once authored a book titled, “God uses cracked pots”. It was a best
seller and offered us a glimpse of how the Holy Spirit of God shines through the
“chinks in our armor”. Life has a way of shattering our dreams from time to time,
doesn’t it? But what happens when things aren’t just shattered? What if certain
things in life unravel so much that we don’t believe things can ever be mended; that
God can’t put things back together again? What about when things are shattered
beyond repair? When there’s nothing left but dust? I’m not sure if you’ve
considered it or not, but our God is an expert with dust! As a matter of fact He
began the entire human race with dust and then breathed the breath of life in him.
(Gen. 2:7). Although a monumental moment, this wasn’t the only time God used
dust. He once spat on the ground and used the clay to anoint a man’s eyes so he
could see again. (John 9: 5-6). Mixing dust with water forms clay and clay is easily
moldable in the hands of the potter. I used to work with a man who referenced death
as one being a ‘duster’. I asked, “What on earth do you mean by that?” His response
was, “You know, ashes to ashes, dust to dust”? It’s possible that you can see
nothing good coming from the situation you currently find yourself in. You may
think things aren’t salvageable, that nothing good can possibly come from the
shattered remnants. Remind yourself: God uses dust. Dust doesn’t have to signify
the end. Dust is often what needs to be present for the new to begin.
Have a blessed day and remember the One who gave it to you!
Kevin Lough is the minister at the Whitehall Church of Christ in Fairmont WV.