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TeensGodís a Garbage Picker
From Trash to Treasure, A Chance to Start Over
By Dian Moore

Throughout all time, God, most likely disguised as a bum, searches through alleys and ghettos and picks through the trash for treasure millions. He sticks His hands into piles of reeking refuse and selects from the garbage a discarded piece.

He constantly searches, looking for the vilest piece of rubbish He can find to take home and restore. He sees splendor where others see sewage.

What kind of rubbish does God look for? The stench-ridden, dirtiest, foulest pieces of junk He can find. Why? He knows that underneath the grime, the smell, the absolute awfulness of a carefully selected cast-off is a gleaming treasure more precious than gold.

God sifts through the yard sales, flea markets and trash heaps of filthy lives, and He chooses with great glee a masterpiece, covered in grunge, cracks and bruises.

The Great Garbage Picker sees a possible jewel in a junk pile. He pulls from the rubbish heap a soul He wants to polish until it gleams with aged perfection.

He sees precious spirits contained in sullied shells thrown away Ė the battered bargains perfect for becoming a stunning success.

I see Him laugh as He nudges the Heavenly Host and proudly shows off the deal of the day.

"Look what I found," He says. "Do you have any idea how much this is worth?"

He hurries to His workshop and begins the tedious process of restoration.

The eyes of Heaven watch Him, fearful to see what new formation could possibly arise from the tarnished, damaged piece of goods nobody wanted.

He sings as He works. Patches a hole here and forms a new piece there. Some scratches and scars He leaves. They add character, He says.

He takes time to blow away remnants of dust before the hardest part begins.

With the skill of a Master, He chips away clumps of bitter brick and hardened hatred, and reveals the heart of His find. He exhales another soft breath, watches the last dusty remnants of a prison fall away, and uncovers the inner beauty it held captive.

Anxious angels hover outside His workshop door. Electric excitement sparks the air. Expectation fills the eager crowd. Who will see the new creation first?

But wait, something is wrong.

The Treasure Hunter frowns.

The multitude outside His door holds their collective breath.

"A piece is missing!" He cries. He moves about the workroom, deep in thought. He mumbles under His breath.

The crowd strains to hear. They whisper among themselves. "What is missing?"

Concern colors the moment. Restless hands fidget throughout the Kingdom.

He paces back and forth, as He awaits a solution. The treasure is not a treasure without the missing part.

But wait.

The form on the table Ė did it just move?

The Carpenter stands still, without breath Himself, at that moment.

Silence settles outside the door.

No one breathes, moves or speaks.

Statues they might be.

Then, out of the rubble, a hand emerges. It trembles.

God stands rigid and the ache in His heart causes tears to fall and stain the fabric of His workmanís clothes.

Thunder rumbles in the background and silent tears fall from every being in Heaven. Muscles tense and jaws clench.

Everyone wills the missing piece to appear. A concert of spirited hearts pray as quiet still reigns.

Will it come? Godís Kingdom sorrows in stillness, reluctant to break the expectant moment.

His followers cannot bear to see their Kingís agony. They watch Him wait.

There Ė on the worktable!

A whisper.

A finger moved.

"Help me, Jesus," sweet words seep from the trash on the table.

And a hand reaches for its Maker.

The Lord seats Himself on His workmanís stool. He gathers the bits and pieces of His masterpiece into His arms and rocks to soothe His child.

"Yes, the missing piece is here, after all," the Father says.

He turns to the impatient crowd and holds up His newest born for all to see. His face glows with triumph, and He laughs with delight.

"I told you so," He says. "Manís garbage is My treasure."

The Angels nod and join their laughter with His. Relief runs through the crowd.

"But Iíve got more work to do," He says and turns back to the worktable.

This time, each adjustment and repair, a polish here and stitches there, turns a castoff into light on earth.

Yes, God is a garbage picker.

He takes what no one else wants and starts over.
Dian Moore is a freelance writer, editor, reviewer and photographer with works published at Sisters in the Lord, Faithwriters Magazine, Cross-Times, Central Appalachia Christian News and Penwomanship. She is the hands behind Hands for Hope, www.handsforhope.com, an online portal for writers and readers.

LIFE LESSONS FROM 2004:
In writing, somehow this year I've lost some of my competitiveness - which is a good thing. I used to hear of someone else's success and think - now why didn't I try that, or why didn't that opportunity come to me? In a variety of ways I've learned that God has a very special place and responsibility for me to fulfill, but that I'm only one of many. Someone else pitching a successful idea or book or column is not an indication of my failure, but of God's design to use a variety of people in a myriad of ways so that His purposes will be accomplished. (Violet Nesdoly)

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