🌿 Alabaster Jar 🌿
This morning when I read the story of the woman with her alabaster jar in Matthew 26, my heart is somehow drawn toward this jar which has taken a significant part in this wonderful story and become a symbol of devotion.
I searched for more information about this particular jar; it was made from precious stone in Israel, resembles marbles in colors and textures.
And interestingly, unlike most of perfume bottles nowadays, the top has to be broken and the perfume inside the jar could only be used once.
Isn’t that just like our life?
The word and principle of living #YOLO is popular in this world, because it is true that we only have ONE life on this earth to live it to the fullest.
However, when God is not at the center, this precious life will be used and dedicated mostly for OUR own pleasures and satisfaction – which will one day also come to an end when our momentary time on this earth runs out.
The truth is, we were created for something that lasts even longer. We are all eternal being.
Life does not end when this one short life on earth ends.
Brokenness in our life is also inevitable. But just like this alabaster jar, the sweetest smell of the perfume can only escape when it is broken. And God is able to turn this brokenness to bless others and bring glory to His name.
“to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
the oil of joy instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor”
For the display of HIS splendor, it is.