Beauty in the Dirt

My house is currently trashed.  There are 24 hours in a day, and with a deadline looming that we are trying to meet something; or rather some things; have had to go on the back burner.  It’s completely driving me crazy.  I like everything being in it’s proper place and knowing that all surfaces are sanitary regardless of which room you are in.  If complete exhaustion wasn’t so overbearing I would clean in the middle of the night.  But, I have come to terms with having to wait and tackle that challenge sometime next week.  That is after a couple of days of much needed rest!

I know I’m not the only one who’s persnickety about being tidy.  But, it can be a curse as well.  Often times when the focus remains on the appearance we miss the beauty that is hidden in the dirt.  Part of the reason I’ve been so tired is that Scott and I are opening a booth to sell our art and home decor.  We work a lot with materials that others discard as ugly or useless, but we see something beautiful that is hidden.  After removing the grim, it’s easier to see the potential in the rubbish.  And with each piece that comes alive, they never hold the use they once had but instead are recreated into something new … something beautiful.

About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds. Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.”

“Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.”

The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”

Acts 10:9-15

God does so much more for us.  We can be viewed as useless rubbish that is easily discarded.  Just because someone else doesn’t see the beauty in the dirt doesn’t mean that God is blind as well.  He’s not!  In fact, the mere existence of man is only because God saw beauty in the dirt and He breathed life into it.  Don’t be fooled when you see in someone else or even yourself areas that are not yet clean.  There isn’t anything that is impure after God has taken the time to clean it.  And don’t be surprised if after He’s finished that you find yourself being used for something completely different that what you were before.

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