Alabatar Jar

Alabaster Jar

Audrey Botts

In the month of February, we celebrated Valentine’s day.  My sweet husband of almost 5 years, surprised me with a trip for two to Cozumel, Mexico.  We boarded a beautiful cruise ship for 5 wonderful days at sea.

We had an amazing time celebrating our love for each other. It’s like we were created for each other.  But life was different for me over a decade ago.  My perception of a blissful marriage was something only found in fairy tales.  

My previous marriage ended horribly, leaving unmended battle wounds. I felt incapable of ever having a healthy marriage.  I felt like a failure to my kids, myself, and God.   I was scared I would live the rest of my life alone and labeled as damaged goods.  Then Jesus came into my life.

Luke 7:36-39 (NIV)

When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table.  A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume.  As she stood behind him at His feet weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them. When the Pharisee who had invited Jesus saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, He would know who this is and what kind of woman is touching Him—for she is a sinner!”

This scripture portrayed my life, a sinful woman laying down her broken life (Alabaster jar) at Jesus’ feet. When I surrendered my life to the Lord, He healed my broken life and restored me to who He created me to be.  

Jesus had his work cut out for Him… but nothing is too Great for my God!  Hallelujah!  I didn’t have to worry about what others thought of me, I wasn’t damaged goods.  He showed me who I was in his eyes.

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of his great love with which he loved us, even though we were dead in transgressions, made us alive together with Christ--by grace you are saved!”  (Ephesians 2:4-5)

Our Lord is in the redemption business.  He is near to the brokenhearted, ready to heal them with His love.   So as you break your alabaster jar and pour your oil on His feet, remember the price He paid for you and me.

Lyrics by Gateway worship:

“This alabaster jar is all I have of worth
I break it at Your feet, Lord, it's less than You deserve
You're far more beautiful, more precious than the oil
The sum of my desires and the fullness of my joy
Like You spilled Your blood, I spill my heart
As an offering to my King

Here I am, take me as an offering
Here I am, giving every heartbeat for Your glory
Take me!”