Okay, I'll admit it ~ I hate to recycle
! Rinsing out bottles and cans, sorting paper and junk mail seems somewhat futile.
I understand all the reasons we recycle ~ and I'm all for saving natural resource and energy, and promoting clean air and water. The internet is filled with helpful sites, like Earth911.com or Replanet.com. Cities, large and small, have recycling bins for households to do their part. Parking lots have drive-up recycling centers that accept just about anything . . .
But in the back of my mind I keep hearing that little chorus I learned as a child ~
Jesus never fails,
Jesus never fails,
Heav'n and earth may pass away,
But Jesus never fails.
© 1927 by Arthur Luther
And so, in my mind, it seems that no matter how many bins we fill in our effort to
Save the Earth
(said in that deep announcer-like voice)
~ someday this planet, as we know it,
pass away. And a New Earth will be created!
But this week as I was reading Isaiah 61, I was impressed with a different
program ~ one that truly spoke personally to my heart. Listen to the words of the Prophet Isaiah in the first four verses of this chapter ~
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified
They shall build up the ancient ruins;
they shall raise up the former devastations;
they shall repair the ruined cities,
the devastations of many generations.
recycling program ~ the
ULTIMATE Redemption Center
resources are accepted
in any condition
~ to be rescued, restored, renewed from the burdens that seek to destroy them ~ and redeemed into someone with eternal worth.
Can you envision what this means?
God's Redemption Center
Everyone Welcome, Regardless of Condition
Do you know someone poor or brokenhearted; a friend held captive by the prison of their past? Can you think of one who mourns the loss of a precious loved one? Do you know families whose lives seems to be in ruins?
Perhaps you are broken, abused, or faint in spirit. You struggle under a burden of grief. Your life seems to be crumbling around you.
As the Prophet Isaiah, I can say, God has an
recycling program. He faithfully continues to
He is the God of all comfort. The Blessed Controller of all things. The One who brings beauty from ashes. He makes the lame to walk and the blind to see. Nothing is wasted in
~ not our tears, our past, our deepest scars; not the mess we have made of things. He longs to rescue us from ourselves, restore our worth, renew our hope and redeem our future.
Do not lose heart. God does more than recycle. He transforms us into new creations for His good pleasure.