Redeemed

They say one man’s junk is another man’s treasure. That’s very true. And I have learned that when you go looking for junk i.e.: yard sale treasures, it’s best to go to a wealthy neighborhood. Many years ago I experienced the difference. The wealthy man’s junk is truly NOT JUNK a lot of the time. In fact, we have a store near us that contains used furniture, lamps, tables, etc...and I can’t even afford the used stuff the wealthy don’t want anymore. The only thing we bought in there was an office chair. For some reason, it was at a good price.

Today, we took our plastic bottles to the hot parking lot where a trailer is waiting for them. A nice man, sweating, and not very happy, collects all the “garbage” that people are bringing to him. The line just kept getting longer and longer as he got more and more ready to be done with his day. Glass bottles were crashing as he poured them into the side of the trailer, and plastic was being crushed into cubes, with caps spilling out this way and that. We found out the caps have to be removed prior. We made a whopping $17 dollars on our plastic bottles. But, hey, that’s not bad for so little work. And we are helping to save the environment, although that might be a little like polishing the brass on the Titanic from what Revelation tells us will happen to the world as we know it. But until then, we are to take good care of this earth. It is a beautiful place, as Jim and I experienced last week on our Road Trip. To see snow-capped mountains while standing in 90-degree heat, is quite the sight. The world seems over-crowded in the Bay Area of California. But in the mountains up north, there is open land everywhere. Good to know there is still plenty of room to expand as the freeways here get more and more crowded.

After we dumped the plastic bottles into the garbage cans, we waited in line to collect what they were worth. Well, to tell you the truth, Jim waited in line. I found a spot on the curb to sit down in the shade. It seemed to me it didn’t take two of us to keep sliding the plastic garbage cans forward. Jim sort of disagreed! But as I sat there, I watched the garbage be redeemed for something more valuable, and I thought about how Christ has redeemed us. To our enemy, Satan, we probably all look like garbage. He can make us feel like garbage. And we probably deserve the garbage label a lot of the time with all the sin that accumulates in our lives over the years. But, it’s not true. The Truth is we have a Redeemer in Jesus Christ. We are worth more than five cents, we are not junk, we are priceless to our Father in Heaven because the blood of Jesus has cleansed us. We have been given the deposit of the Holy Spirit to guarantee our eternal future. One day, we will be “cashed in” when we pass through the gates of Heaven. We will be made new again!

Searching And Noticing the Divine happens at redemption centers. Even in the heat of the day, though the Divine is probably noticed more while sitting on the curb in the shade… Sitting there, I noticed how much God loves us; we are valuable to Him—sort of like those plastic bottles, but much more so!

“…we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life.
God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.”

2 Corinthians 5:4-5 (NLT)