What Jesus Says about Junk Yards (and how it can change your life)

Two mornings in a row something caught my eye that I hadn’t saw before on my drive to the office. Both days I saw an eighteen wheeler truck hauling a huge open container. I could tell the contents of the containers were crushed cars because they were stacked so high, they were visible above the container.

The first day, yes I thought it was odd, but like many things in life I just put it to the side and didn’t think anything else about it. But, when the exact same site caught my eye again I thought “God are you telling me something?”

So I gave it some thought on my hour long commute. Where were these mangled vehicles going? Probably to a scrapping facility to be melted down I figured. In a container that size I am guessing there were at least fifteen totally destroyed and crushed vehicles.

Can you think of the stories these vehicles could tell? Each one was once a beautifully painted and stylish car, truck, or van. They took their passengers to many places over many miles. But, how did they end up in this situation? Surely some were in catastrophic accidents.  Maybe others had been stolen, abandoned, and possibly destroyed in ways such as arson or terrible crashes. Whatever the story, they were at the end of the road from where they once started. Totally destroyed, never to see their original design or intent again.

Then I thought about the next step in their evolution… the melt down. Yes, each one of these totaled heaps would soon be melted down, purified, and reformed back into a usable metal. And more than likely would end up once again in some form or another as a new creation. The metal will be sent back to factories, cast, and molded once again.

This made me think of several scriptures…

“The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion– to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor”Isaiah 61: 1-3

Doesn’t that sound like the old cars?  Isn’t that exactly what the Lord does for us?  No matter what life disasters we have been through.  No matter how we have failed or been mistreated, when we come to Christ he takes our brokenness and makes us new again.

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”2 Corinthians 5:17

A new creature… a new creation. God is so good. I encourage you today to bring all your brokenness to Christ. Everything that you consider a failure, every time someone has neglected or abused you, all of the scars, all the damage, bring it all to Christ. Yes, lay it all at his feet and ask him to make you new again, and just watch the amazing things he does.

God bless you today and may the Lord move richly in your life.
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