I’m asking you to do what I do. I’m asking you to look at all the junk and see the treasure. You gotta have faith, Prime, in who we can be.
Mark Wahlberg (Transformers 2014)
For years when I looked back at my life, all I saw was a veritable junk yard. It seemed that I lived my life moving from one junk pile to the next. I had no hope that I’d ever have a life outside of my junk yard. There was just too much bad stuff in my direct line of site.
When my eyes turned to the past this is some of what I saw:
- A high school dropout
- An alcoholic
- A person who couldn’t keep a job for longer than 18 months
- A divorced woman
I figured those things defined who I was and what I was…a failure. With a past filled with junk, how was I ever going to have a good future? I didn’t know how to step out of the shoes of that junk yard woman that I saw when I looked in the mirror. To be honest, my outlook for my future was pretty depressing. The piles of junk seemed to reach to the sky blocking my view of a future that could have any good in it.
Then I was re-introduced to the Lord. As I received inner healing, I began to see my past differently. The Lord opened my eyes to see that what I had always viewed as junk could actually be turned into treasure. When God looked at my life He saw the treasure buried beneath the piles of junk. He knew that with His healing, my junk yard could be turned into a treasure trove, for His glory.
- He turned a high school dropout into a college graduate
- He set the alcoholic free – I’ve been sober 15+ years
- He’s helped me stay at the same job for 10 ½ years
- He healed me of the shame and feelings of failure of being a “divorced woman”
Now when I look back over my life, I ask the Lord to stand with me so that I can view all my junk piles as opportunities to discover hidden treasure. God can turn all of our junk (no matter how bad) into something good.
I have cast off my label of “junk yard woman.” These days, I try to look at all the stuff I would normally call junk as a treasure instead. If God hadn’t shown me how to do that, I wouldn’t be able to write Healing Thoughts. Because many things that I viewed as bad, He has recycled into healing moments that I can write about.
If you are still seeing the junk piles in your past, I encourage you to come to the Glennon House for an appointment with one of our Prayer Ministers. They will help you to receive God’s healing so you can see the treasure hidden beneath the junk.
We are confident that God is able to orchestrate everything to work toward something good and beautiful when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His plan.
Romans 8:28 (The Voice) – on Biblegateway