Tuesday, June 21, 2011
I failed to take a picture of the Honeysuckle pattern Shelley Teacup I purchased while in Cambria, California last week. The above picture is the best I could find of the pattern off the internet. Shelley teacups are easy to recognize by the scallop in the cup and the saucer as you see above.
Shelley cups and saucers are expensive, averaging about $85 for one in perfect condition . My friend Dolores started my teacup collection with 5 Shelley cups and saucers many years ago, cups given her by her mother-in-law. If you know anything about me you know I would never never spend that kind of money for a teacup.
But you did buy a Shelley you say. Yes, I bought a Shelley and I did pay much more than I normally pay for my cups and saucers but I bought it for two reasons. First of course it was a Shelley and not selling for $85. It was not tagged $85 because it has a flaw. It has a hairline crack running up the cup. You can not feel the crack nor does it affect the use of the teacup but held to the light it is evident.
Flaws, not a pretty word. Negative in context for sure. To be flawed is to be thought less of. To be priced and valued for much less. Not a good thing to be flawed the world would say.
BUT God! Our lives easily represent that flawed teacup. God picks up the flawed from the rubble heap and lovingly fills it with Himself making it perfect and perfectly useful to bring glory to Himself. The value is not in the object itself but in what the object now represents and what it produces through God Who fills it.
Emily Barnes writes about this concept in several of her teacup books and first brought this beautiful concept to my knowledge.
I love giving a teacup to someone and if it has a flaw, well, all the better because I can include a letter that shares Emily Barnes view on flawed teacups. Last Sunday I was blessed to give my Shelley teacup to a beautiful young woman who the Lord has brought into my life. I wrote to her about the value of her new possession and the value she had to the Lord. As, I wrote the letter I of course was touched and blessed of the Lord too proving once again it is more blessed to give than to receive sometimes.
If you are out and about junking or antiquing and you run across a teacup that is marked down because it has a chip or flaw don't be too quick to pass it by - it might be a Shelley of great value and hopefully will remind you of your value to the Lord - flaws and all.
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