I especially love aged clay pots -- the ones in which moss has begun to grow over the surface. Such character this lends to the container as well as color and soft texture.
I recently found a couple of uses for the broken pieces of these earthen vessels:
- use small pieces in the bottom of a larger container to provide drainage
- place the container on the ground - broken side down - and place a plant in the ground giving the illusion of a plant growing out of the container
- Take larger pieces of the pot and place strategically in the flower bed to add interest
I would like to think I have aged with grace and have a soft layer of beautiful moss that adds character, but I feel more like a cracked pot. In the pile of old and new, useful and aged pots, I show up as broken pieces of an earthen vessel. But I have found that I'm under the care of a loving Gardener and He too finds it difficult to throw anything away!
Under His care, He takes my brokenness and makes it useful for His Kingdom and His Glory. I may not be the most magnificent pot in the pile, but God still loves me and has a purpose for me. AND . . . He has one for you too.
"He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds."
(Psa. 147:3 NKJV).