Hello again dear friends!
Oh how glorious the weather was today! It was in the 80's and the sun was shining brightly. It was so nice to take a few moments to enjoy God's goodness on my front porch after a very hectic morning.
I thought I would just stop in and share a little redecorating that happened in my home over the weekend. Oh, it was nothing major, but sometimes just a little change can make a world of difference. Do you remember the other day when I told you of a little wooden plaque with a couple of old coat hooks that I had found at a flea market? Well, that plaque sat in my floor until this past Saturday. I simply could not make up my mind where to put it or what to use it for. As I was pulling everything off my counters in one of my cleaning frenzies, I finally figured out exactly what I wanted to do with that little treasure I had rescued. I happily smiled to myself as I continued cleaning imagining the moment when my husband would come in the door and I would tell him my brilliant idea knowing he would probably try not to give me a crazy look as he complied with my wishes to hang it under our upper cabinets in the kitchen simply because he loves me and gives me reign over my beloved kitchen. ;) I knew he would cautiously trust me, and in the end he would end up loving the idea as much as me.
There it is, my little treasure! I don't know what it was in it's former life, but now it has a very useful job and purpose. It is simple, it is humble, and it does not scream, "Here I am!" It quietly graces my kitchen and serves it's purpose. I am sure it will be one of my favorite things in my kitchen for a long time, and yes, my husband did end up loving the idea. :)
I am sure you saw it coming...the moral of course. Aren't we like this little flea market find? When we come to Christ rusted, broken down, beat up, neglected and tossed to the side, don't we become clay in the potter's hand? Doesn't God, the master potter, mold us and shape us into what he wants us to be? Doesn't he say our sins are as far from him as the east is from the west, and he doesn't recognize what we were? He sees us for what he created us to be. When he has us in our broken down form, then he can do his masterful work. He makes the ugly beautiful again. He gives us a new purpose, his purpose. It may not be anything great or grand, but we do have a purpose in him. When we come to him broken and ask for forgiveness, his spirit can move within us, and the life-giving flow can move through us. Only when we humble ourselves before him and ask for forgiveness of our sins, admitting we were wrong, and turn from those ways, can his beautiful spirit, that life-giving flow, move through us. Won't you turn to him today? He has a purpose for you that is far greater than anything you can know and understand. You are loved, and he can use you for His glory if only you obey.
You are loved my friends.
Until we meet again, may you be blessed.