Monday, May 18, 2009

clay balls...

Hello, Sweet Friends!

I don't have much time this morning to chat, but I wanted to share an email with you so I'm doing that instead of the normal rambling. HA!!!

So here it is.... (and I wish each of you a WONDERFUL week!)

"Clay Balls"

A man was exploring caves by the Seashore. In one of the caves he found a
canvas bag with a bunch of hardened clay balls. It was like someone had rolled
clay balls and left them out in the sun to bake. They didn't look like much,
but they intrigued the man, so he took the bag out of the cave with him. As he
strolled along the beach, he would throw the clay balls one at a time out into
the ocean as far as he could.

He thought little about it, until he dropped one of the clay balls and it
cracked open on a rock . Inside was a beautiful, precious stone!

Excited, the man started breaking open the remaining clay balls. Each contained
a similar treasure. He found thousands of dollars worth of jewels in the 20 or
so clay balls he had left.

Then it struck him. He had been on the beach a long time. He had thrown maybe
50 or 60 of the clay balls with their hidden treasure into the ocean waves.
Instead of thousands of dollars in treasure, he could have taken home tens of
thousands, but he had just thrown it away!

It's like that with people. We look at someone, maybe even ourselves, and we
see the external clay vessel. It doesn't look like much from the outside. It
isn't always beautiful or sparkling, so we discount it.

We see that person as less important than someone more beautiful or stylish or
well known or wealthy. But we have not taken the time to find the treasure
hidden inside that person..

There is a treasure in each and every one of us. If we take the time to get to
know that person, and if we ask God to show us that person the way He sees them,
then the clay begins to peel away and the brilliant gem begins to shine forth.

May we not come to the end of our lives and find out that we have thrown away a
fortune in friendships because the gems were hidden in bits of clay. May we see
the people in our world as God sees them.

I am so blessed by the gems of friendship I have with you. Thank you for
looking beyond my clay vessel.


Pam D said...

Tonya, that is beautiful! What a perfect parable...
And just had to tell you.. my ladies class is studying an amazing book called "Shattered Dreams" by Larry Crabb (here's the Barnes and Noble link: ). It's amazing, mind-blowing, and a must-read if you haven't already! The dynamics in our class have already changed in just a couple of weeks; we're all looking at ourselves and others differently.
love you, dear friend!

Angela said...

That is absolutely wonderful! And so true!

Thanks for sharing!

April said...

Oh, Tonya...that totally blew me away, my friend! So very glad you shared it with all of us...really puts some things in perspective. Big hugs!!!

Tracy said...

Wow!! What an excellent illustration! I know I've been guilty of this one. Breaks my heart as I think about it. Thank you for looking past my (cracked) clay vessel, too!

He And Me + 3 said...

That was very neat. Thanks for sharing.

Jennifer said...

I love that...I'm gonna spend this week seeking for treasure! I know they are "right in the palm of my hand"!!

~*Michelle*~ said...

Oh that is just beautiful......I love it! Thanks for sharing.....and also reminding me of the hidden treasures I might be missing.


Mylissa said...

hey sweetie! just wanted to stop by and say i love the new header for your blog. very nice. Miss you - saw susan this week - promised her i would drag ya up here the next time she is coming in :)

Love you!!!!