The Jar in the Suitcase

the jar

This is a continuation from my last post, Unlocking the Past. If you’re going through this too, please know I’m praying for you.

I pulled that heavy and musty suitcase (the one I was trying to bury that held all those things from my past) from the back of my spiritual closet and laid it on its side. I prayed to God, asking Him to unlock it for me, and begged Him to stay with me as I slumped on the floor.

The Holy Spirit strengthened me as we opened it together.

I braced myself, expecting to see a lot of painful things, ugly reminders of how I let so many people down.

But do you know what I saw?

A jar.

I sat there for a moment while the Holy Spirit reminded me:

Years ago, I’d gotten in over my head and God told me to step down from some things. But I WAITED to obey Him, not wanting to disappoint a number of people. I found myself crying out to Him so many times as I was lying in bed at night, just sobbing and trying not to wake my husband. I begged God to rescue me, knowing I was in serious trouble.

I knew I had disobeyed God, and it was crushing me. I’d never felt so overwhelmed, so defeated, and so alone in all my life.

And I failed. (Of course I did, I was disobeying God!) And yes, I failed a lot of people who were counting on me. But the worst part: I failed God.

But God didn’t help me to unlock my suitcase, so I could sit there on the floor and beat myself up again. I’d asked for forgiveness years ago, and I know God is faithful to forgive me when I ask. (If you’re still beating yourself up, this is for you too!)

So let’s go back to the jar I found in the suitcase…

The Holy Spirit reminded me of Elijah and the widow of Zarephath (1 Kings 17: 7-16). Her jar of flour was not used up during the drought. She didn’t die like she thought. She and her son survived.

God provided what she needed in that jar.

This glass jar I found in my suitcase, God’s provision for me, is FULL of His mercies and His never ending love; it never runs low or runs out. His mercy helped me to survive a terribly difficult time in my life, and His love rescued me.

And the jar is still full today, helping me to heal and move on.

My dear friend, if God has led you to pull out the suitcase from your past, and you’re opening it with Him, get a hold of that jar. (You’ve got one, too.)

God’s mercy and His love are for all of us. He will be with you right there on the floor, His Holy Spirit comforting you and speaking truth to you about your situation (leading you to ask for forgiveness if you haven’t already) and holding you close to remind you that YOU ARE FORGIVEN and YOU ARE LOVED.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m going to put my jar in a place where I can see it every day to remember my Heavenly Father’s love NEVER ends, and He is faithful beyond what I can even comprehend.

And I’m going to cry out to Him with songs of praise.

“God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning. How great your faithfulness!” (Lamentations 3:22-23 MSG.)

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9 NIV.)

 “Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!” (Psalms 95: 1-2 ESV.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

25 thoughts on “The Jar in the Suitcase

  1. I have always enjoyed collecting jars. Mason jars, antique medicine jars and brown colored jars. I feel there is a story in each jar. From the person who first held the jar to the ingredient it contained, each jar is unique. I like the idea of sitting jars out to be seen. A great reminder that His jar is never full. His love is here for us in every moment.

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  2. I love this, Joey! I find such comfort in knowing that God’s love for me is endless, that as our ultimate parent He is always there, always watching, always celebrating when we walk closer with Him and love others in His name. Thank God our jar is full and His love never runs out.

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    1. Amen!! What an awesome Father we have, extending His unending love and mercies!! Thank you so much for reading and commenting, Jessica. Blessings to you always!

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  3. I liked how you worded the failure. All too often we see our sins as failing ourselves. We are screw ups. Woe is us. If we view them in the light of what they actually are (as you did here) it takes on a whole new meaning. Sin… I failed God. I grieved Him. It’s not about me. It’s His heart.

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    1. Oh you’re welcome, Beth! I’m so thankful He is faithful to forgive us when we confess…and I love how you wrote that it’s “a cure for our souls.” Amen! Blessings to you, and thank you for reading and commenting!

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  4. I love how you said God didn’t ask you to open your suitcase so you could beat yourself up again. We do that to ourselves so often, forgetting that Jesus has already forgiven us! Thanks for that reminder today. 🙂

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    1. You’re right…we do that to ourselves SO often. In fact, I was there last night! (Just blogged about it. 🙂 ) But God is faithful to forgive us when we confess. I’m deeply grateful. Thank YOU for reading and commenting, Emily. Blessings to you!

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  5. James 5 days to confess our sins to one another as well so we can be healed. God knew that we would need flesh and blood to be there when we confess those biggies from our secret jars! He is so good to us.

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    1. Thank you so much, Michelle! Your comment truly blesses me. And you’re right…God is faithful in honoring His word. I’m so grateful for His faithfulness and love (and mercy!). Blessings to you always!

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  6. Joey, what an honest, heartfelt and inspiring look at how to face our past failures. God does allow us to go our own way when we won’t follow His lead. But He is there gently waiting to help us get back up again to be refilled with the provision only He can provide. Beautiful post!

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    1. Thank you so much, Melissa! You’re right…He allows it but is GENTLY waiting for us…that word really stands out to me. What a loving Father we have…so faithful and gentle! Blessings to you, and thank you for reading and commenting!

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