Tuesday, March 22, 2016


I'm just gonna throw this out there: If you ask the Lord to speak to you, He just might do so through a piece of...trash.

True story!

I sat on my front porch (which I haven't gotten to tell y'all about yet--for shame!) and soaked in the spread of mountains before me, as I often do in the mornings. I nestled into my worn-in white rocking chair and scanned the carved horizon for a sigh from the Holy Spirit, anything He might be saying to my heart.

And this scratching noise caught my attention to my left. Kind of an annoying scratching noise, mind you. Not soothing. Annoying. I peeled my eyes away from the sanctuary-view before me to see a clear piece of trash on the porch beside me. It delicately bounced around, this way and that, tossed by the intruding wind of the morning. I acknowledged its existence and returned to behold the far away beauty of the Lord's hills.

Scratch. Scuttle. Scratch.

I found the piece of trash on my right side now, twirling at this point this way and that in a circular motion.

Fine. I'll watch you. 

It danced off the porch into the grass, then back onto the porch again, and when I thought it would blow down the whole length of the porch and be gone forever, suddenly it would jerk back toward me and come careening into my rocking chair abruptly. It must have circled my vicinity twenty times as I sat, now completely enamored by this little nuisance turned intriguing.

And that's when the Lord whispered to me:

That piece of trash isn't just a piece of trash. It's a lot like you, as a matter of fact.

Me? How?

See how it keeps swirling around, and just when you think the wind will cast it away forever, it somehow finds its way back? 

Yes, it's annoying actually.

So is my love. My love is fierce and it's unrelenting. And I will not stop using my love to show you that I have not thrown you away or cast you off to never be seen again. My love is a current that sweeps you up and doesn't drop you, doesn't cast you aside. I will keep using you over and over again. 

Because I love you and I see the value in you. 

You know, that piece of trash's dance was one of the most beautiful things I have seen.

Its cadence was love. 
Its choreography was surrender. 
It completely submitted to what it could not control.

God wants us to completely submit to what we cannot control: His love. His love is fierce and His love might take us places that are unpredictable, but He will never cast us off or throw us away. And tucked up into His love, though it may look bumpy, is the safest place you can be.

And you know what else? The world may see a piece of trash in you, but that's not what the Lord sees. He sees beauty. He sees someone He can take on an adventure, someone He can twirl around. Someone He can create beauty out of where there was once ruin.

You aren't dispensable. You aren't worthless. No, you are beautiful, expensive, rare. And He wants you!

The God of the Universe, the One who knows all things, who made all things--that same God wants to sweep you up in the whirlwind of His unrelenting love.

The Lord your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you with his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.
Zephaniah 3:17

He sings a song of Love over you, and He asks will you twirl with Me?

Peace of Christ to you,

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