I was listening to a friend that was telling me about their day and what they experienced. It reminded of several things like, desiring a re-do, redefining the relationship, rediscovering who they are in the midst of transition. It dawned on me that so many of us experience this in some way, shape, or form. We throw away everything before allowing God the opportunity to show us that He can recycle or reuse what we THINK is broken or no longer any good.
Before we go any further, let’s define our key words:
REdiscover- discover something forgotten or ignored again
REdefine- define again or differently
REcycle- convert waste into reusable material
REuse- use again or more than once
Many times when we think of becoming a new person or redefining who we are, we think that we have to throw away our entire being or everything in order to become new but God doesn’t throw us away. Have you ever hear the saying, “Another man’s trash is another man’s treasure”? Well, God reuses or recycles us.
Do this because you are a people set apart as holy to God, your God. God, your God, chose you out of all the people on Earth for himself as a cherished, personal treasure. Deut 7:6 MSG
When we get rid of everything, we may accidently throw out something we need or a piece of us that we need to fulfill the promises of God. Sometimes we get rid of things like love because our trust was broken or we suppress pain block out forgiveness not knowing there is purpose on the other side. Before self-defining seek God and allow Him to redefine you.
“Doom to you! You pretend to have the inside track. You shut God out and work behind the scenes, Plotting the future as if you knew everything, acting mysterious, never showing your hand. You have everything backward! You treat the potter as a lump of clay” Isaiah 29:16 MSG
He knows how to turn your mistake into a miracle. He knows how to turn your burdens into a blessing. What we see as trash he sees as treasure. Those broken pieces can cause or has caused you trauma and it is normal to not want to experience that again, but God has a way of reshaping those pieces and molding them back together again.
“So I went to the potter’s house, and sure enough, the potter was there, working away at his wheel. Whenever the pot the potter was working on turned out badly, as sometimes happens when you are working with clay, the potter would simply start over and use the same clay to make another pot.” Jeremiah 18:3-4
He makes things new! You have to be willing to go through the transformation during the transition. Yes, it is scary. No, it is not an easy process, but it is worth it. Being whole again is worth it. Being a new creature in Christ is worth it.
Join a support system that are like-minded in Christ.
Build a prayer life and an intimate relationship with God. God knows everything so it is ok to be vulnerable with Him. (Lamenting)
I love David (Book of Psalms) and Jeremiah in the Bible because they are not afraid to express their deepest darkest thoughts with God. In return God comforts them in their time of need. Pour Out to God!