Years ago I moved from Arizona to the environmentally conscious-Pacific Northwest.
Since then, I’ve held onto a greener way of life. Seems nowadays that “going green”
is new and almost trendy, but being green is older than we think. Being aware and
sensitive to our world and its resources, including the beings in it, started with
creation. This started with God.
It fascinates me that God created the whole world, including the stuff on, in, and
around it out of nothing. He used His own words to create it, speaking life and
things into existence. What wonder and majesty. What a creator! Come to think of
it, God is the greatest recycler of them all. He’s the very best at up-cycling, re-using,
and repurposing. He’s the author of resourcefulness. He used dirt to make man,
then used a part of man to make woman. When people die and are buried, their
bodies decay and turn back into dirt. God uses dirt, water, sunshine, and seeds to
make food. What a genius!
I’d like to point out even more examples of God’s resourcefulness throughout
history and within our very own lives. Through His example we find resources in
ways and places we might not otherwise have looked. He asks us to re-use what we
already have. When Moses didn’t know how he would lead the Israelites into the
Promise Land or what he would use to do it with, God asked him to look at what he
had in his own hand. (Exodus 4:2)
God’s example shows us that we have more than we think we do. When we don’t
have what we need, sometimes God asks us to trade what we do have so we can
get what we need. He gives us beauty when we give him our ashes. He gives joy for
tears. I don’t know about you, but ashes and tears normally wouldn’t seem like a
resource. For me, there were times where it seemed to be all I had. Well it was
something, and God worked with it. What a good trade!
God’s resourceful example shows us that He multiplies what we have during times
of lack. When we make the initiative to use something over and again for God’s
glory, He does something for us more fantastic than we could ever have hoped. He
multiplies it! Like He did with the widow’s oil and flour (1 Kings 17), like He did with
the loaves and two fishes (Matthew 14). I can go on and on. I tell you, I am so in
awe of God. He is the most resourceful being that ever was and ever will be. He is
all knowing. When others don’t know how to use something, or get more of or out of
something, He always knows just how.
God is so resourceful that He utilizes every experience in your life in His divine plan
for you. He wastes nothing. There was a year in my life where my father,
half-brother, and close family friend died. Not to mention my divorce. I’d find my
heart crying out, “How in the world could these experiences benefit anyone?” Now
when I know of someone grieving, I can weep with them and comfort them with the
comfort God gave me.
Are you in question of your life today? Do you feel that so much of it is such a mess
you want to throw it all away? Do you feel you have no resources? You have nothing
to offer the world or anyone? When you look in the mirror, do you see trash? If
you’ve made it this far reading this, then I’m here to tell you that the One who is
able to make you can remake you. You are not trash, you are God’s treasure. Maybe
you just want to throw parts of you away? Well, God wants it. All of it. He’s that
resourceful. If you surrender your trash to God, He will re-purpose your life in ways
you’ve never imagined. What the enemy meant for evil God will use for the good.
He will recycle that pain, that hurt, that story. He will use it for His honor and His
Genesis 50:20 (NKJV)
But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to
bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.