This is the Day…Monday
September 14, 2020
Something out of Nothing
Recently I was at a local Walmart and happened to walk past the toy department. Since I am always looking for something unusual to use for a Children’s Message, I took a few minutes to walk up and down the aisles. It is amazing how many toys are available for the children of this generation! Every possible type of car, doll or gadget is easily accessible to occupy a child’s time. Not to mention all the possible electronic devices that are now available!
If you are from my generation or before, you know that our options as children were much more limited. I am not saying that I did not have any toys to enjoy. I was certainly blessed with Lincoln Logs, small train sets, army men and other toys of the day. But, like most children, occasionally I would want something new to occupy my time.
On those special days I knew exactly where to go. Through the woods behind my house in Gastonia, I could follow a trail for about a half mile. That trail would take me to an open area in the woods along a country road. That open spot had become known as a place where one could discretely dispose of unwanted appliances, lawn mowers, furniture and other items that were not eligible to be picked up by the local trash service.
For many in the community this dumping ground was an eyesore. For me, it was a new toy store! I could rummage through all the junk and, with some imagination, find a new gadget to work on or a rocket to attach to my bike or a lost treasure that would save the world. I could make something out of nothing and have a great time for the rest of the day.
When I think back to those days, it always reminds me of how God works in us. God is the master of making something out of nothing. God goes to the dumping ground every day and finds a piece of junk that the world has discarded. He then takes that nothing and uses His love, grace, and forgiveness to make something out of nothing. The real miracle comes when we realize that God does not just improve what He has found, He makes it more than we could have possibly imagined!
“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21
I am thankful that God found me on that junk pile. I am thankful He found you too. I cannot even imagine what He can do with us.