Nothing is Wasted
I love stained glass windows. I also love a mosaic. The concept of broken glass organized into something so beautiful is intriguing. Today as I journaled with thanksgiving to our wonderful Redeemer I was reminded just how much of my life is becoming a mosaic in His hands. It gives new meaning to Redeemer.
All week I have been exposed to preaching and devotional reading that has led to the same basic message. Nothing is wasted. Everything you have gone through is going to be used for a purpose.
We may be wondering why some things in our lives have happened. We could be questioning if God can really use with our failures. We may be questioning why. We may be trying to figure out how.
Confounds the Wise
Over and over again throughout the Bible we read of those who had lives that were falling apart, failed attempts to do something great, and of how God turned their lives around. He took the ordinary average Joe or Joanne, added His extraordinary self to their life, and made the foolish confound the wise.
Today I specifically thought about Saul. Imagine how he felt when he met Jesus on the road to Damascus. Saul had to think about all he had been doing to Christians. He had to think about believing that he was educated by the best and highly intelligent. He had to think about believing he was a righteous man due to his actions. So what did he think when he met Jesus face to face, and he was completely wrong? After all he was just trying to defend God’s position and what he believed to be true. Imagine the feelings he felt.
Failure, astonishment, bewilderment, confusion, and fear would have been in order. Still God took him and conformed his life so beautifully it is still inspiring us today. His penned words about life and being a Christian are left for us to glean from. Holy words God uses to minister to our hearts and minds with great power. Words used to tear down the strongholds in our lives, and to move back the forces of darkness so God’s light can shine through. Words he wrote while imprisoned even.
Nothing in our lives is going to be wasted. Jesus is going to complete the work He began in us.
Consider the following words from Paul who lived the words he penned:
All things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
I pray they are an encouragement to you right where you are in life, and that they inspire praise to the God who is working it all out for good.
Take those shattered pieces of your life and give them to God. It is never too late. In His hands they will be conformed into something beautiful. Something that leaves others dumbstruck. Something that screams of His glory and attracts others to his goodness. Beloved, He makes all things beautiful in their time. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)