Lenten Devotion: Friday, April 3

Psalm 95Psalm 22 Psalm 141Psalm 143:1-12Exodus 9:13-352 Corinthians 4:1-12Mark 10:32-45

For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.
2 Corinthians 4:6-7

God created all of us, inside and out. He imbued all of our hearts and souls with a divine inner light, an essential divine spark, that often gets hidden or buried or forgotten, because of time, or the struggles, or the traumas of living this life on Earth.

As a metaphor, my husband refers to our outer shells as “the peanut shell.” Paul refers to our outer selves as “clay jars.” Truly there is Godly treasure, the extraordinary power of God, within each of our “peanut shell/clay jars.” Those clay jars, those peanut shells, tend to be very fragile. As life goes on, those outer shells/jars become worn, cracked, misused, abused, and sometimes crushed.

That inner, beautiful “treasure”, that Paul refers to, our innermost beautiful true self, is often then “lost,” or simply forgotten, dismissed, unacknowledged, broken, traumatized by what happened on the outside, or simply shriveled from misuse.

We must help each other to heal by loving each other as we want to be loved, as God loves us, unconditionally. We must let go of our egos and fears, and allow God to use our powerful treasures. We must “let go, and let God.” We must work courageously to let that inner light shine. We must encourage each other to do so, so we can become our truest selves, so we can share those extraordinary Godly treasures with the world, in the ways in which God intended.