Brene Brown, in her book “Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the way we Live, Love, Parent and Lead,” talks about the Marble Jar friends. The idea is there are certain people in our life that we trust above all others, the ones who have proven their trustworthiness and earn a “marble” by showing up in certain ways. It’s the small things, done every day, to build our trust, one marble at a time.
The Lord is the perfect marble jar friend because:
- He keeps my secrets, for he knows the desires of my heart (Ps. 37:4). As the Westminster Shorter Catachism asks, “What is the chief aim of Man? To glorify God and enjoy him forever”.
- He tells me his secrets, that if we put our hope in his unfailing love, he will delight in us. It is our honor and trust that he desires (Ps 147:11).
- He remembers my birthday because he knew me in my mother’s womb (Jer 1:5) and he counts the hairs on my head and calls me valuable. (Luke 12:27) If he cares for the lilies of the field in all their glory, then he certainly cares for me. (Luke 12:28)
- “I have crossed the horizon to find you, I know your name. This is not who you are, you know who you are”. (Moana) I didn’t choose him, he chose me. He has called me his friend (John 15:16). If he knows the stars by name (Ps 147:4), if he chose me to be his friend, then he cares enough to know the names of the people I love.
- He wants me to have fun in this beautiful creation of his. He covers the earth with clouds, provides rain, makes the grass grow in the mountain pastures. He gives food to wild animals and even feeds the ravens when they cry. If he does all of these things for the world I live in, he cares that I enjoy his creation. (Ps 147:8-9)
- He knows and cares when I am sad and cares to heal the brokenhearted and bandage my wounds. Nothing is too hard for him to heal, no wounds so deep that he cannot fix. (Ps 147:3)
- When I am sick in body, Paul wrote that his grace is sufficient for us, because my strength is made perfect in weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:10). We are never separated from his love, no matter what our physical ailments are. He takes no pleasure in human might, but his delight is in those who fear him and put our hope in his unfailing love. (Ps 147:11) “Your grace is sufficient for me. Your strength is made perfect, when I am weak. All that I have, I lay at your feet. Your grace is sufficient for me.” – Shane and Shane