Tuesday, January 26, 2010

God can use our failure to bring new growth.

My devotion for today says this:
"We can always start again when we turn our will and life over to God and allow God's power to quietly work."
Do you ever feel like your life is a jumbled mess? You just can't seem to get anything together and nothing seems to be completed? This coming from a girl who is obsessively organized and labels all tupperware... is making me feel like I am a big pile of mess or like my devotion says, a pile of old garbage. Thankfully, God can use our failures to bring new growth just like he can turn a pile of vegetable scraps, old leaves, and other garbage into fertile soil making a heap of compost.

At Carolina House, we used to take turns taking our leftovers and scrapes to the compost in the garden. I despised this task because I thought it was absolutely disgusting. There were bugs and other "critters" that I did not want to have anything to do with. I remember thinking to myself who would want this in their yard? As time went on, I saw the beauty that came out of the compost. Our chef would show us the rich and nutrient-filled soil that "old scrapes" turned into and how it helped our seeds and little garden and moldy bread grow into lush plants. Now that is a miracle from God. Only He could turn yucky banana peelings into such beautiful things.

God can turn my jumbled life into something beautiful as well and I can not forget this with each day. "He has made everything beautiful in its time." -Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NIV) Only with God can my life have meaning and true pleasure. Without him nothing satisfies, but with him we find satisfaction and enjoyment.


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