Do you remember the whimsical animal sculptures that local artists displayed around town several years ago? Some pieces are still around. Recycled car bumpers, rear-view mirrors, license plates, and exhaust pipes have been cleverly bent and twisted until piles of seemingly useless junk become barking dogs, swooping eagles, and coiled snakes. Some folks like them; some don’t. For me, the sculptures always make me smile- not because they are creative or quirky but rather because they remind me of the way our Holy Father deals with the junk in our lives- if we only let Him.
Christians are hardly immune to the debris that this fallen world delivers. The junk that we often face can be hurtful, confusing, and just plain hard. The enemy’s attacks are real, and Satan loves to heap mounds of challenges upon us. The effects of peer pressure, feelings of failure, and the wreckage of addiction can burden even the best of families and can create mounds of bitterness, discouragement, and doubt. It is not a question of if we will face the rubbish of the world but rather a question of how we will handle it when it piles up in our lives.
We do have a choice about how we deal with life’s junk. We can choose to keep it, pile it up, and drag it through our lives; or we can choose to trust our Loving Father to make something really cool out of it. While unbelievers struggle in relentless cycles of hopelessness, we can choose to trust that our Father is in control. No matter how hopeless or useless life’s challenges appear, we can faithfully surrender the piles and depend on The Master Artist to transform our junk and us. He has twisted addicts into counselors, altered grievers into comforters, and transformed the lost into leaders. He can do the same for us.
“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed.” (2 Corinthians 3:18)
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.“ (Romans 8:28)