I must confess I've had more fun this weekend than should be allowed:) I did get those onion rings I talked about as well as some coconut cream pie and a plate of pasta swimming in pesto cream. And I managed to sneak in 30 minutes of The Young Victoria before my boys came in from a bike ride and crashed the whole romantic affair. Throw in a fiddling gig, lots of sunshine, and some Mother's Day flower baskets and it was a weekend I could easily repeat. Oh, and I can't forget the boxes of bookmarks and bookcards for Courting Morrow Little that came in the mail. Since I've had some less than stellar weekends in the past, it was really delightful. Hope yours was memorable in a good way, too.
Since it was so sunny, we opened the little fountain we bought awhile ago. Here's a picture of Paul watering it to get it started:) I got so tickled because he was mortified when we took it out of the box. "But Mom, it's all broken - and ugly - and cracked!" he exclaimed, thinking I had been royally ripped off. I pointed out the label on the box which said in large letters, "PLENTIFUL TERRACOTTA." All a matter of perspective, I thought. Once we filled it with water and plugged it in, he was overjoyed to find those cracked pots had some useful function. In his glee, he overfilled it so you get a nice shower if you stand within 6 feet of it:) Homely, yes, but beautiful in its own way. The sound of splashing water is so appealing to me for some reason.
I couldn't help but think of the Scripture about cracked pots:
But we have this power in earthen vessels (Greek wording means "baked clay," and refers to clay pots), so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves." 2 Corinthians 4:7
My footnote says, "Even frail and expendable people, like clay pots, become useful to the Lord for noble purposes...The great power of God overcomes and transcends the clay pot."
Love that! If we feel like cracked pots, we can take heart. He has a purpose for each one of us, even a noble one. When I look at my homely but lovely-sounding fountain, I hope to remember that.