It was a sunny day, not enough wind to sail, so motoring Commencement Bay was the order of the day.
There were many familiar sights as we tooled around, but one I hadn’t noticed before suddenly came into view. We came around a bend and there was a mammoth blue barge, rusty and worn, piled high with scrap metal. At some point, I understand, all those piles will be recycled into something useful.
I could barely rip my eyes away from this monstrosity, as my heart filled with wonder at God’s love for us. How much are our lives like this mess… tangled, rusty, useless, and yet He redeems us and makes us a new creation.
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! (2 Cor. 5:17)
I don’t really understand recycling all that well, so I looked it up on Wikipedia… it is defined, in part, as follows:
Recycling is a process to change waste materials into new products
My life was a wasteland, rubbish, dung.
And He made it all brand new.
He recycled my life!
He recycled ME!
WOW. What a faithful God He is.
He has recycled us for one purpose … to make us useful to His Kingdom.
So we can say,
“Hey, I know what it feels like to go through that.”
“Let me tell you how Jesus met me when I was in the very same place.”
We were recycled so we can share the comfort He’s given us with others.
So what about you?
How has He recycled your life?
How has He taken your brokenness and used it for His glory?
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Technical difficulties prohibited me from broadcasting live from the Northwest Ministry Conference at Overlake Church. Instead I’ll be running a pre recorded show with my long time author friend, Brenda Nixon, about her ministry to the Ex-Amish. Tune in on 820 AM KGNW or streaming live on http://www.kgnw.com, 11AM to Noon PST Saturday, 3/29.
Here’s the podcast in case you missed the show…AWESOME stories of God’s great faithfulness!
Having Sharron Cosby share her journey with an addicted son, going through 15 years of struggles before God finally redeemed his life and began the recovery process…WOW. What an amazing story of God’s powerful redemption so that she could then write this book and comfort others with the same comfort she’d been comforted with. Awesome! If you know someone with an addicted loved one, please pass on this post so they can hear about her book, “Praying for Your Addicted Loved One: 90 in 90″… what a resource for family members who are struggling with trusting God with their addicted loved one!
Then what a privilege it was to have KSLR’s own Jan Johnson in the studio to share her life as a PK (preacher’s kid), PW (pastor’s wife) and BCC (breast cancer conqueror!). We laughed and cried as she shared her amazing story of surrendering her plans and trusting God with her life. Such an inspiration!
In case you missed the show, here’s the podcast:
It was an amazing hour with two incredible guests. Mary DeMuth shared the keys to allowing Jesus to heal us when we’ve been hurt by other Christians, and Allison gave us a glimpse into the Christian fiction world and the impact it has on lives.