I went to the playroom one day
I looked at the junk in dismay
what’s up with this trash
that my children have stashed?
Calgon, please take me away!
I went into my girls’ playroom the other day and I was completely disgusted. There was not a single square foot that wasn’t covered in junk. Barbies, clothes, furniture, scraps of material, papers, newspapers, cardboard… the list of junk went on and on. I took the trash can and began to fill it. My youngest daughter immediately heard what I was doing and threw herself onto the heaps of trash.
She cried and pleaded with me not to throw the stuff away.
When I looked around, I saw nothing but bits of trash and junk, but my daughter saw endless possibilities. She saw unmade furniture, scraps of fabric that she was going to make into dresses… and boxes- lots of boxes- to be transformed into the most magnificent Barbie appliances and bunk beds!
I glanced over at my girls’ hand-made doll house (out of boxes) and really looked at the contents inside. I have to be honest- I was pretty impressed with their creativity. It’s not that they don’t have store-bought things to play with…they just prefer to create things.
I sat there and really took in their creations. Isn’t that what God does with us? He takes us and our limited resources and He turns them into something extraordinary! When I see a shoe box, I wonder how fast I can put it into the trash- my girls see a shoe box and they think of how they can transform it.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9
We can’t even fathom the good things God can create with the “junk” in our own lives…when we commit every part of ourselves and every circumstance into His hands- He has a way of creating something beautiful out of us.
With all this going for us, my dear, dear friends, stand your ground. And don’t hold back. Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort. 1 Corinthians 15:58