Nowadays, the garbage collectors don’t just pick up your garbage, they also pick up your recyclables. They encourage you to separate the two – the garbage and the items that can be used again – or recycled. Hmmm. I have seen myself in that recycle bin.
What we think is meant to destroy us, can be turned into our greatest purpose.
Or shall I dare say – repurpose!
Let’s talk recyclables. A can that once held baked beans is now empty of beans. So we used to just toss that can away and it just went to a landfill along with other “has beens” and “used to be full ofs”. Ever felt like that yourself? I have!
To recycle means: “To convert waste into usable material, reuse, recover, reclaim, use again, salvage, save.” Ooooooooh, I like ALL those definitions. So put your own life in the place of that bean can – maybe you have seen some stuff; been some places; felt like it was “over”; it seemed time and answers had run out. You’ve become an empty can that once held hickory smoked baked beans (so to speak). WELL, in the hand of THE great recycler, God, He can and WILL reuse you, recover you, reclaim you, use you again, salvage you, and SAVE you. Oh man, the hope of this is beyond just doing a regular happy dance – I could dance my way through 6 foot high snowdrifts in a blizzard, knowing this!
The word recycle in verb form means: “to pass again through a series of changes or treatments; such as – to process something such as liquid body waste, glass or cans in order to regain material for human use.” (Amazing).
Let’s talk about glass (which I break often. Sadly true.) Did you know that glass bottles and jars are 100% recyclable and-and-and THIS – (ready? THIS is the best part) – “and can be recycled endlessly without any loss in purity or quality.” WHAT? You need to read that again. “and can be recycled endlessly without any loss in purity or quality.”
So many times (too many times) we get caught up and consumed by our own flaws and failures, and all the “coulda, shoulda, wouldas” and the excruciating emptiness we have inside. The enemy of our soul relentlessly barrages us with attacks of shame, and regret, and guilt. We can feel like we have done something so despicable that we set the planet off its orbit and it’s not fixable. All hope is gone. Or am I the only one who ever entertained that lie? Yes, it is a lie. On our own we can’t put broken glass back together, or find lost purity, or innocence stolen from us. BUT GOD CAN. Remember, “…recycled endlessly without any loss of purity or quality.” And that fact just comes from broken glass, people! How much more important and valuable is a human soul, to the God who created it???
All my hope comes from my trust that the God who made me, will finish what He started in me – that He will recycle me endlessly and as much as I need. He will change me through series of treatments. He will mold me, shape me, and in the recycling comes the purpose and the final perfection. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works…” (Ephesians 2:10)
Say it with me and be very excited, “I AM a recyclable! I have such great worth that God would take the time and the effort to make my life over again.” (and over, and over, and over…)
“The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.” (Psalm 138:8)
I hope you can begin to see yourself the way God sees you. It is truly a beautiful thing. You are a recycled masterpiece!