One of my maternal grandmother’s favorite pastimes, on the weekends, was garage sale shopping. Mum Mum looked forward to the hours she’d spend on Saturdays slowly perusing other people’s used stuff. A couple of times, to my mortification, she stopped on the side of the road to snatch up an item that had been left for the trashmen to pick up.
When Mum Mum looked at other people’s trash she saw potential. From her viewpoint, a little love and sweat would reveal the inherent beauty of that trash. Where I saw used trash; Mum Mum saw treasure.
That is how God sees each of us – as a treasure!
It doesn’t matter how messy our lives have been. It doesn’t matter what we’ve done in the past. God sees the potential that is buried beneath the piles of our “trash.”
God knows that with a little love and a little work (sweat) we each have the potential to become the amazing person that He created us to be.
Many of us have certain people that we’ve been praying for, for years. And it seems like they take two steps forward, then one step back. They keep making the same mistakes over and over…never seeming to get it “right.” Sometimes we wonder if they are ever going to get their act together. We might even decide to give up hope that they will ever change. We begin to see their “trash” instead of them.
I was one of those people for years. I had plenty of people praying for me, reaching out to help me, and bailing me out of my scrapes. Yet, I continued to make wrong choices. Which meant that I had to suffer the consequences of those choices! Almost everyone had given up on me. They could no longer see past the piles of my “trash.” And neither could I.
Thank goodness that God saw something else. He loved me through a young woman who led me to Christ. Through His love and the inner healing work I did at the Glennon House He got rid of the piles of trash that had buried my potential.
He’s not done with me yet, but He’s sure cleaned me up!
If you have someone in your life who fits that description…don’t give up. Give them to God, trusting that He will throw out their “trash” to reveal that they are His treasure!
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 19:11 (NLT)