Treasure in a Pumpkin

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. (2 Corinthians 4:7) 
As a young mother, I was determined to document my daughter’s first year of life. Each month, I took photos of her to illustrate how she had changed and grown. In one of my favorite pictures, she is gleefully sitting in the belly of a hollowed-out pumpkin I purchased from a local farmer. There she sat, the delight of my heart, contained in an overgrown squash. The pumpkin withered in the ensuing weeks, but my daughter continued to grow and thrive. 
The way Paul describes knowing the truth of who Jesus is reminds me of that photo. He likens the knowledge of Jesus in our heart to a treasure stored in a clay pot. Remembering what Jesus did for us gives us the courage and strength to persevere through struggles in spite of being “troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair” (2 Corinthians 4:8). Because of God’s power in our lives, when we are “persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed,” we reveal the life of Jesus (v. 9). 
Like the pumpkin that withered, we may feel the wear and tear of our trials. But the joy of Jesus in us can continue to grow in spite of those challenges. Our knowledge of Him—His power at work in our lives—is the treasure stored in our frail clay bodies. We can flourish in the face of hardship because of His power at work within us. 
Dear Father, thank You for putting Your truth into my heart and life. Help me to bear up under the challenges I face with Your power. May others see Your work in my life and come to know You too. Amen. 
After reading today’s devotion I am uplifted. I just love 2 Corinthians 4, what encouragement, no matter what your facing today, look up. God’s power is at work within us. I read this exact devotion a few weeks back but today it struck a coard within me and it blessed me. I love how God’s word does just that. Never stop returning to God’s word for understanding and encouragement. Even if you have read the same scripture over and over one day you will find a treasure in those words when you need it most. He is faithful. 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord! 
Today’s Reading is Proverbs 15:23