Something that I have often noticed in the faith based community is we say, “That’s the day I found God.” When making references to the day of our spiritual awakening, we say that we found “Him” when in all actuality “He” was never lost.
Would it not be more truthful and accurate when we share our testimony with others, to say “God found us” when we were the ones that were really lost!?I remember a woman who had mistakenly dropped her very expensive wedding ring into
a small trash can located near her kitchen sink. She discovered this mishap but it was too late, because the trash collectors had already came and removed the trash bags to take to the city dump. She was not only crushed because of the monetary value of the ring, but she knew that this wedding band had been handed down for several generations. To her it was priceless! The woman who had been married for 55 years was devastated in her loss. Her husband Angelo
promised her that he would do everything possible to get that ring back.
So the couple contacted the trash processing center and requested help in the search to find this wedding ring of great value. The workers that day explained to Angelo that there was over 20 tons of trash, and they could not possibly think they would find this “needle in a haystack,” but Angelo’s persistence, and his wife’s broken heart and countenance, led the workers to agree in helping search and sift through the garbage. Many hours were spent that day
searching for this lost treasure. The searching paid off! Nine hours after a relentless search through the garbage of that city, pile after pile, hundreds of trash bags being open and searched though, they finally found it, the treasure that was in the trash!
The story made local news and Angelo said, “We went through trash for several hours, but we spotted it, we pulled it out, how we found that ring, I really don’t know.” Then Angelo said, “It’s amazing how this occurred, miracles still happen!” Without washing it and without cleaning it off, Angelo quickly found his wife and slipped the ring back on her finger, only before making her promise that she would never lose it again.
I am not sure if you know where I am going with this story, but I would like to say that we, as God’s creation, were tossed into the trash bin. It does not matter what your last name is, what city or town that you were born in or who your parents are or are not. We were all discarded, and considered trash by the enemy of our soul, but I am so glad today that “What is one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!” Through the many tons of trash and debris in our lives, there was One that went looking for us. He has been searching for us for a really long time. I know that we often have the mindset that we are all alone, and God does not even know our name, but please be assured that He knows exactly where we are today.
You may be in some junk or your life may appear to be at the county dump, your ways may be trashy, but remember, “What is one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!” Everyone that knew Shane West said that he was a loser, a junkie, a crack head. Just a back alley, gutter living, homeless, drug addict that would do anything for his next fix, or hit of crack cocaine. Jesus came looking through the trash though! He didn’t mind getting His hands dirty searching for me. Jesus knew that even though there were tons of trash, hurts and hang-ups, issues that were unresolved, and an overall trashy life, somewhere beneath all of that, there was a treasure that He just had to continue searching for! Jesus found that “treasure in the trash” the night of November 5, 1987 and I have never been the same! He decided to clean me up, remove the staunch and decay of sin that was in my life and use me for His Purpose!
I finally felt like a winner! I felt that I had purpose in my life. I knew that God was real, and that He wanted to use me for a Divine purpose! I had just went from Cocaine to the Calling – Recycled By Grace!