“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Matthew 13:44

After missing trash day we had no choice but to make a run of recycleables to the local drop off station. There was no way we could wait another week for trash day to come around. My daughter helped us figure the appropriate container for each category of trash we had accumulated. Thus began the talk about recycling and how great it was to have the opportunity to take our trash some place where others could turn it into something useful again.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21

Recycle means to “extract useful material”. I see God in the recycling process. Not in the recycling of plastic, paper and cardboard, but the recycling of sin, disappointment, betrayal, fear, deception and heartbreak.  I thought about all of my past mistakes. The BIG ones and the little ones. I thought of all the trials that my friends and I have faced and endured. The messes and devastation sin had caused  in the lives of those I know. And I see God at work in midst of it all. Recycling the hurt, extracting the useful material, the lesson – and using it for His glory. To draw us closer to Him. To trust in Him more. Lean on His understanding more than our own and experience life more fully by doing so.

This third I will put into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The LORD is our God.” Zechariah 13:9

God turns trash into treasure! He uses mistakes and trials to refine us! To purify and perfect us. When we allow God in to do His work. Past mistakes turn into testimonies that draw others to Christ. Trials break down walls around our hearts that hinder us from hearing God’s whisper. Weary and broken hearts turn into fertile ground where God is able to do His best work. Our weakness becomes God’s mighty strength.

Yes, I would say that our Lord and Savior is the ultimate recycler. For He is surly able to turn all the trash we make out of our lives into treasure if we seek Him and allow Him to penetrate our hearts.

“‘Those who keep their heads on straight will teach the crowds right from wrong by their example. They’ll be put to severe testing for a season: some killed, some burned, some exiled, some robbed. When the testing is intense, they’ll get some help, but not much. Many of the helpers will be halfhearted at best. The testing will refine, cleanse, and purify those who keep their heads on straight and stay true, for there is still more to come. Daniel 11:33-35 (The Message)

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