We definitely live in the age of the disposable don’t we? As soon as something breaks, we’re encouraged to chuck it out and buy a new one. In fact even before something reaches the end of its functional life, adverts do their utmost to convince us that our lives will be so much better if only we’d upgrade to the newest version.
Smartphones are the ultimate case in point.
I love my iPhone – this particular one is my third – but I have never bought one new. I’ve bought secondhand and received others as hand-me-downs from relatives. With those and the couple of other smartphones I’ve been given, I get a great satisfaction in replacing broken parts and making something unloved and (in the previous owner’s eyes) fit only for the bin, work well again. It just takes a bit of effort.
It’s a very good thing that God takes the same view with us!
Every single one of us is flawed in some way. If you think you’re not, see that pride right there, yep there’s one of your flaws! And yet we are what he has staked everything on. We are the people he wants to use to reach out to those in our World who don’t yet know Jesus. In the words of St. Teresa of Avila:
“Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Christ’s compassion is to look out to the earth. Yours are the feet by which He is to go about doing good and yours are the hands by which He is to bless us now.”
He doesn’t just throw us away when we go wrong. With a Grace that we will never understand on this side of life, he forgives us and offers us the chance to be repaired. We just have to be humble enough to let him.
“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT)
He wants us to go to him humbly when we’re suffering and a bit (or a lot) broken. He wants to repair us with His patience, care and skill. He doesn’t want to just throw us on the scrap heap and abandon us for a newer model.
What an amazing God!