Aren’t we just like them? Those Jesus taught. In need of stories, object lessons real-life explanations we can see and touch?
And if we look and listen with ready eyes and ears, we can still see the illustrations and hear the stories…
“Beauty for ashes” has been a resounding theme in our lives for a while now.
Actually, my whole life.
To realize that nothing is too big of a mess for Him to make beautiful is one of our greatest comforts! Whether self-inflicted or out of our control, the Lord is always gathering up the pieces and rearranging them to create something more beautiful than we could have imagined.
It is His character. Has He done that for you?!
I’m reminded. I watched my husband, my sons, my daughters–I helped too–make something beautiful from a pile of discarded lumber, another house destroyed from the storm, another thing of beauty taken and left in a useless heap. We could leave the heaps, their ugly reminders of all that was lost.
But God doesn’t. He restores, redeems and heals.
My table adds yet one more reminder to my home of this constantly-redeeming Father. I run my hands the length of it, feel the age, marvel at the beauty extracted from its weathered back.
Yes, it’s more beautiful than before. It has been given new life!
We didn’t have to have perfect lumber to build a beautiful table. And neither does He–praise God–to build His Kingdom! He reaches into the heap and lifts us out and makes us beautiful….more beautiful than before.
Perhaps that’s why I love upcycling so much–it is a part of God’s image manifested in us to make things better…a visible reflection of part of who He is.
I tell my children of it. I point them to this object lesson of His power and redemptive grace. I smile at my oldest, born out of the ash heap of sin, and remind her to marvel as she spins on the Potter’s wheel.
Our Heavenly Father, the ultimate “Upcycler”.
More wood-redemption…built by my son, Ashton.