Motivational Minute – Squeezed and Shaken

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. 2 Corinthians 4:7 (NLT)

Hi, I’m Laura Lacey Johnson.

The other day, I couldn’t get ketchup to come out of the bottle.

I knew the bottle wasn’t empty so, I turned it over, shook it, and squeezed it.

Not long ago, I also felt squeezed, shaken, and turned upside down.

Circumstances hadn’t gone my way, and I was heartbroken and mad with God.

In hindsight, I can see at least one valuable thing God shook loose during the experience that might have stayed bottled up. 

2 Corinthians 4:7 NLT says our lives are like jars containing “great treasure.”

Sometimes I wonder if, like ketchup, God sees the treasure trapped inside us, and allows circumstances to shake us until He can get out of us the good stuff, He knows He’s placed inside us.

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About the Author:

Laura Lacey Johnson is the author of 10-Second Prayers to Transform Your Life: From the Parables of Jesus. In addition to writing, she is a speaker at conferences and churches. To watch Laura’s video devotionals, or to download your FREE resources, visit her website at  

Published by Laura Lacey Johnson

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