Treasure in Jars of… Salsa??

Today, I would like to provide you with a practical, real-life lesson and application:

How to Semi-Effectively Clean Up A Smashed Jar of Salsa

1. Take a deep breath, close your eyes and say a silent prayer for the Lord to forgive you of the very loud and prominent obscenity you just yelled as you watched your new quart jar of homemade salsa crash onto the floor.

2. Shuffle the pup out of doors so he is not inclined to “help” with clean up.

3. Put on shoes as to avoid glass shards in the feet.

4. Clean up the glassy salsa with whatever tools you have available (might I recommend: An old dust pan and empty Diet Dr. Pepper box)

5. Mop and/or vacuum a couple times to ensure any nearly invisible tiny glass shards don’t, in fact, end up in your feet.

6. Continue with your lunch and ask God how or what you can learn from this experience. (Other than don’t let clumsy people with wet hands handle salsa jars when they are in a hurry to eat their nachos for lunch.)

This is what my treasured jar of salsa looked like BEFORE it hit the floor…
Clean up on aisle 3! Anyone? No? Sigh.

True story, folks. As I was moving towards step 6, I stepped into the bathroom to wash my hands. I looked in the mirror and literally laughed– in the few minutes of my salsa-crisis, my cheeks were flushed, my messy ponytail became messier and I somehow ended up with a bird feather in my hair. (I’m not kidding. The only explanation would be when I went outside to get the old dustpan, a tiny little feather made its way to my bird nest of hair.)

As I was trying to gather my nerves and frustration (hey, homemade salsa from back home is a treasured commodity down in these parts!) I literally prayed for God to tell me what I could learn from this…

My brain immediately flashed to 2 Corinthians 4:7~

“We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.”

Huh. Ok, Lord. Cool.

So I sat with that for a while and realized that my little salsa mess was not just a mess– it was a sweet (spicy?) message.

That jar of salsa brought me to scripture that reminded me that when we try to be perfect on the outside, God’s power and goodness can’t be seen. So we either have to be very transparent (think: glass jar of salsa) or allow God to crack open our shell of perfection so that His inner light can shine.

As I marinated on this idea (and continued to mourn the loss of my salsa) my thoughts were drawn to the upcoming bible study that we are hosting here at 7 Days Time. In case you missed our big announcement last week, starting Sept. 9th my friend Kelli and I are going to be teaching Linda Dillow’s study “Calm My Anxious Heart: A Woman’s Guide to Finding Contentment” in person at Christ Community Church. But for all of my non-local peeps, (which is a vast majority) we are going to do an online version of the study starting September 10th.

And I don’t know about you– but one of the things that sometimes makes me anxious is being vulnerable and letting other people see my brokenness.

Kinda like that messy jar of salsa on my kitchen floor.

So, if your life has ever felt more frustrating than of dropping a jar of salsa (or pickles, or jelly or whatever) on the floor, or you worry about others finding out about your shortcomings, or you struggle to find contentment in your everyday life… we invite you to join our study.

For the online portion, we will meet here each Monday and also interact in  a closed Facebook group. Should you like to join in our journey, be sure to order the book ($10 on Amazon) and leave a comment below so I can be sure to include you as our start date grows closer.

Oh, and even if your time/schedule doesn’t permit you to actually DO the study with us– feel free to leave comments and participate here anyways. We are all in this together!

After all, we all learn in a variety of ways from a variety of sources– even from a broken jar of salsa.

Using my mess for His Message,

SGK

For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.” ~2 Corinthians 4:6 NLT

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13 thoughts on “Treasure in Jars of… Salsa??

  1. Tiffany

    But what if you trust someone with your vulnerable side and she calls you discouraging or calls you a false prophet: a wolf in sheep clothing? Really struggling with God’s plan in my situation right now.

    • Oh Tiffany… that’s really tough and I’m sorry you have to experience that! Perhaps a wolf in sheep’s clothing might be correct… OR..

      Your vulnerability struck a cord with her heart– and if she is a believer, it might be The Enemy or her flesh reaction to try and take you down…

      Or…

      God might have wanted to it to happen that way as a (yucky) reminder that people fail us all the stinkin’ time… God is the only one we can trust– and we have to trust Him with everything, even by obeying and opening up our vulnerable selves to a potential wolf (or a hurting sheep.) You never ever know how He will use it for both His and your own good– but eventually, He will. (Rom 8:28)

      There’s a million different possibilities here– and God is prob the only one who knows the answers. Know that I am lifting you up in prayer RIGHT NOW asking for the Lord to intercede and help you out in whatever you are going through.

      Blessings sisters. For real.

      • Tiffany

        Thank you for the inspiration today…and everyday you write your blog for that matter. And thank you for your prayers. Keep on keepin on sista!!

  2. This morning I was filling my old coffee can with birdseed–you know, the finch kind? The kind that is millions of tiny little round seeds? when I inadvertently tipped over the whole thing into a basket of dirty laundry, all over the laundry room floor (and rolling out into the kitchen) and underneath those very heavy appliances that we call a washer and a dryer. I think I went through every single one of those steps you mention here! Had to laugh when reading this. Not as treacherous as glass, but do you know how hard it is to get every single one of those little seeds up? I didn’t. And those little things can pack a punch when they settle into a bare foot.

    Thank goodness for number six and for God’s faithfulness.

    • Oh my… as obnoxious as it is to clean up broken class, I think I might almost prefer broken salsa jar out in the open as opposed to tiny bird seed all over everywhere!!

      But I’m glad I’m not alone in my clumsiness– and what a great (and surprising!) way to experience God’s awesomeness! 🙂

  3. Thank you for the joy in the mess age! Personally, I have lots of cracks and chips in my aging earthly vessel, and every time I’ve broken, He has patched me up an refilled me. Maybe in the brokenness lies the preciousness of being loved anyway. God is so good and I am blessed each time I read what he lays on your heart to share.

    • I love that, Ann! What a great concept that within our brokenness is the sweet joy of God’s love. 🙂

      Thanks for your wonderful (and profound) comment!

  4. I love how your thought went straight to the Lord, asking what lesson you could learn from the spilt salsa! May I always do this with mishaps.
    Loved your writing here 🙂
    Visiting from Tell Me A Story

    • Thanks, Kristin… It sure hasn’t ALWAYS been like that and I still falter (many times before and probably still in the future, I would default to tears and let something as minor as that ruin my day.) But God is shaping me– even in my brokenness.

  5. Glad you kept your wits about you and made steps to clean up the mess. I probably would have been in tears! I am glad that God gives us steps to get out of messes that we usually get into by our unwise choices. He forgives and sets us back on the right path. Thanks for sharing your delightful story at Tell me a Story.

    • It was close, Hazel. Very, very close! I’m thankful that God shows up, even in the most unexpected places– like my kitchen over a mess of broken glass and ruined salsa.

  6. Can totally relate to this – clumsy spills and all… Love your thoughts and how God spoke that verse to you. Glad you were blessed by his mess-age and blessed us here too… 🙂

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