Recycle day makes quite a visual impact on our neighborhood. In addition to the perfectly aligned garbage receptacles standing at attention, there they are, identical receptacles with bright yellow lids. It all looks so neat and tidy, but don’t be fooled, they are all filled with garbage. And, frankly, so are the people who placed them there, me included. But no worries, God never wastes a thing. He takes my life’s refuse and recycles every bit of it, turning it into something of value. Good things, bad things, ALL THINGS. For the Bible proclaims: “ALL things work together for good for those who love God and are called into His purpose”. LORD of All, thank you for the transforming power of Your Divine Recycling. Make all that is within me pleasing and useful for You pleasure.
John Bunyan’s “The Pilgrim's Progress from This World, to That Which Is to Come” is an allegory written while he was imprisoned for his Christian beliefs. Until we reach the Golden Gates of Heaven we must progress in our walk of faith here on earth. Each time I think I understand God’s ways and means He turns the diamond and new facets of His splendor emerge. For the true believer there is no spiking the ball in the end zone on this side of Glory; there is no settling down where we are in this life. Not only am I tolerant of this constantly changing status, I am genuinely thankful for it. I am being pulled toward eternal purpose that I cannot fathom but I instinctively know awaits me. So I’ll keep my shoes on until it’s over. Lord, though I struggle in Your arms, You never let me go. Keep me moving toward Your perfect will. Help me never miss a turn or stop unnecessarily. Keep me progressing toward Your perfect will.