I was working on some more serving trays this weekend, using old pallet wood for the sides and ends and using up scrap sheet goods, plywood or paneling, for the base.
Some of it was fun, some of it was frustrating, and towards the end I started feeling like it was all a waste of time.
Then this morning I read what Paul wrote to the followers of Jesus who lived in Corinth.
“Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God. God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin. Therefore, as the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the Lord.”
1 Corinthians 1:26-31 – NLT
I had chosen to use these particular boards because they were hardwood, oak and some other species, so they were dense and strong but they were split and cracked. Not useable as full width or full length so I cut them up below their splits and cracks and made them useful again.
I identify with this in a personal way. I am damaged. Both physically and emotionally. My face was burned when i was 8 and i was left with a disfigured face and ear. God, who deserves the very best, the flawless, the spotless, the whole and the strong, has taken me in and made me his child. My hope is that if you feel too damaged to be loved or useful, that you would see yourself as God sees you, through the lens of his Son Jesus who died to redeem us and to restore us and who came to life again and now lives forever.
God sees us broken damaged people as whole and wholly loved. He doesn’t see our damages necessarily as liabilities, if they are he heals them and let’s us tell others about what he did, and sometimes he uses our cracks and crevices as integral parts of what he is building. Where we see a flaw in ourselves, he sees the key to fit the puzzle of his kingdom together. He is always building his kingdom. Each one of us fits some where. Sometimes the process of shaping us Him making us fit his purposes.
For now I will keep building stuff out what the world has deemed as garbage, as superfluous, as trash and will hope that the objects that I make will someday, somehow symbolize to another broken person, that God loves us and has a plan for us. That they will be used in a new way, to build a kingdom.