The first person is holding out the ragged scraps of his life, saying, “Jesus, use these as you wish.” The second person is clutching rotted rags, unwilling to let God trim and rearrange to craft “a new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
My ministry “hobby” involves scraps of flannel or soft cotton, which I find at yard sales or thrift stores or am given. I cut them into five-inch squares, which I sew together, seven rows across and seven down. These create a "patchwork" side to go with a one-yard piece of soft backing fabric. With batting between, the sides are joined with yarn ties at each square and stitching around the edges. Two hours later a new baby blanket emerges, destined with others for a local hospital to be distributed to babies born to needy families. In the last five years, I have sewn and given away more than 600.
Six hundred? Gasp. My initial “big goal” was fifty. But when God calls you to a task, He will
carry you through it until He pronounces it “done” or sees that you need to
take a break (which is now my situation). So what does this have to do with the ragged scraps of a
human life? It's this: God wastes nothing.
Those who come to God, sadly holding the scraps of their lives, can
experience Jesus as Redeemer. He is a
Master at trimming and fitting those scraps into something new, beautiful, and
useful in His kingdom. It may hurt and cut and prick at times, but it's all part of His master pattern. For unique beauty, and service for Him.
|Redeemed-scraps-turned-blankets finished and delivered in July|