Our Recycling, Composting God

CompostFixedSmallI’ve started composting my yard, garden, and kitchen waste into nutrient rich humus for our small garden. The accompanying photo is of me, all hot and sweaty, checking out my compost after working with it. Grass, leaves, and table scraps are tossed into my compost container. I ask for used coffee grounds from Starbucks and add those to the mix. Yes, I proudly compost Starbucks! With all of these materials mixed together an amazing transformation takes place, and it becomes a rich humus that helps the garden grow.

Composting is a form of recycling. There’s been a growing emphasis on both in recent years, but God’s been at composting and recycling ever since He made this world. Take a walk in a woods and study a tree that has been dead on the forest floor for several years, and you’ll see a tree on its way to becoming dirt from which other trees will receive their nourishment and grow.

When it comes to people God uses much the same process. Everything that happens in our lives, even that which we think is useless or bad, even garbage, God can use for good. When I talk to others about what drew them closer to the Lord it’s rarely ever because of a beautiful sunset, a financial windfall, or a life without serious health problems. What they frequently mention is a tragedy that befell them, a struggle with an illness, a divorce, or some other experience we wouldn’t, in good conscience, wish on our worst enemy, but which drove them to God. I can often see how the person has become better through the bitter experience.

Life is filled with pain, but the good news is that God never wastes our pain! He can always put the garbage of life to good use, if we believe He can, let Him, and work with Him.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

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