"A human being is a vessel that God has built for Himself and filled with His inspiration so that His works are perfected in it."
~ Hildegard of Bingen
It's a sunny, but cool morning here along the Gulf. The cold front that moved in earlier this week, managed to take with it most of the remaining colors of summer and fall, and now I find in the brisk air, a moment of rest.
As I rounded the patio to survey a few of my potted plants, I noticed nestled, in the petals of one of my daisies, a small, but significant gathering of water. Water always amazes me how it gathers light, reflects colors, but yet, is transparent. This drop is vulnerable. It depends on the strength of the petals, the coolness of the morning that prevents it from evaporating, and the calmness of the air, that won't disturb where lays.
In many ways, it has been provided the perfect vessel.
Interesting how perfect vessels work. They are often overlooked, and many times, even they do not recognize their gifts or strengths.
A young boy gathers five stones from a brook, and finds himself face to face with a giant. Just one of those stones was all that he needed to bring the giant crashing down.
A father yells to his servants to prepare a meal because the son that was once gone has returned home, and he opens his arms, a vessel of grace and forgiveness, and welcomes him home.
A Hebrew girl is visited by an angel who tells her that God has found her to be the perfect vessel for the Word to become flesh.
All too often we forget that we are among God's most important vessels God has ever created. We fail to listen to what God is encouraging us to do because another voice is telling us that we lack the ability. Our voice, a vessel that can offer hope, and words of encouragement, stops short of finding the words, just because we somehow believe that we cannot make a difference. Or the most important vessel, God's son, who was, perhaps, the greatest vessel provided to us, made of the Divine and dust. Both sacred and human. The perfect vessel for a creation that seems to have forgotten that it carries within itself the very breath of its Creator.
David was the perfect vessel to restore a people. The father was the perfect vessel to welcome home his prodigal son. Mary was the perfect vessel to bring forth the incarnation, Jesus. And Jesus, of course, is the vessel that carries the reminder of a God who still loves you unconditionally and never forgets your worth as a vessel.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2020
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.