This is a continuation of a story I posted yesterday entitled Repurposed. To follow this post you first need to read part 1.
A Story (Part 2)
At dawn, The Father rushed to the workshop to see the completed work. He stopped in his tracks. Never had he been so glad to see his son, who was carefully polishing the wood. The Man embraced The Father in a bear hug. The two stood there, until The Wind blew them apart with a gentle breeze. They circled the finished work, admiring the sheen.
“I can see your reflection,” said The Father.
“That was the plan,” replied The Man.
Looking at the scars of The Man, The Father asked, “Was it worth it?”
“Absolutely. Just look at the result! A masterpiece. It takes my breath away,” beamed The Man.
“Shall we send the invitations then?” asked The Father.
“Yes, Father. Let’s prepare The Table!”
With that, they carried The Table out into the garden among the trees and flowers. It stood within an open-air glass gazebo in the center of the garden. When the sunlight hit The Table, it nearly glowed. The warm crimson color was rich and full and deep. It was ablaze with a luminous radiance that made The Man burst into laughter with great joyfulness. The garden erupted in song as the birds danced on The Wind which encircled The Table. As a centerpiece, The Man set a loaf of bread torn into bite sized pieces, and a cup of wine.
“Where is the rest? If there is to be a wedding, we need a feast!” proclaimed The Father.
The Man smiled and said, “Consider this the appetizer. The main course is yet to come!”
Oh my Beloved, Do not think you are worthless, set aside, and abandoned in the dark corners of your life. You cannot be hidden from me under a tarp in darkness. On the contrary. You are seen. You are loved. You have great purpose. You do not belong in the barn, do not let The Owner convince you otherwise. (He is not really The Owner…his real name is The Deceiver, and he does not truly own anything! ) You are bought and paid for. I bathe you in my word to remove the ilk that has covered you. I disassemble you in order to see you better, sothe healing will be complete. I scrub down through the layers peeling away each one, removing the old colors that were so unbecoming. Beloved, there is no need to hide them with another layer, when I can remove them altogether.
The sanding of your life takes time. The roughness of the grit smooths out the gouges and scrapes, and it hurts. Each successive rubbing feels less intense though, and the resulting dust is evidence of your progress in the process. What remains is a life which is raw and real, and covered in dust. I wash you in my word to remove the vestiges of the old wounds and scars. It feels refreshing to be clean, unencumbered and beautiful, but I am not finished. You will be a masterpiece when I am done, because I always finish what I start.
I will cover you with a protective coating before I begin to reassemble your life. The pounding seems harsh, I know. It seems as if it will never end, and as the nails go in you feel as if you are being crucified…because you are. But without the nails you will fall apart. Without the nails, you remain in pieces. The nails are the key to holding you together. I do not take this step lightly. Brokenness is never easy, but it is necessary. It causes me pain to think you might not understand the necessity of such work. I sweat more with each nail inserted, but I want you to know each one is important to your purpose. I do not add them frivolously or needlessly.
Once you are reassembled, The Father stains you with my blood. I was happy to give it up for you, my love, so that all the richness of your life could be displayed. You are worth every drop. The Father covers each piece one by one, saturating your life. The result is depth and fullness. Restoration and renewal. Hope and healing. The Wind of the Spirit seals the work by breathing on you. As The Wind blows, the sheen on your life increases. Soon my reflection is clear in the finish, and it serves as an invitation to others around you.
Do you not believe I can repurpose your mess into beauty? Give you beauty for ashes? It is my specialty to locate messes and create masterpieces out of them. Masterpieces which draw others to come and enter into communion, as well. Then communion gives birth to community and my bride grows in beauty. Right now, you may doubt I can do this for you, or that I will. You do not think yourself worthy of such artistry, but I disagree. I know your worth, Beloved, even if you do not. I say you are worth every drop of my blood, sweat, and tears. You are worth the cross and the tomb. You are worth resurrecting!
Resurrection is simply death… repurposed.
7 thoughts on “Repurposed”
A wonderful story and illustration of how Christ takes our brokenness and rejection and makes us into useful, beautiful vessels for his glory. Thank you Michelle. I love this.
Such beautiful symbolism in this story! You have crafted your own masterpiece, Michelle which was no doubt born in pain. What a beautiful testament this is to Christ’s redeeming work in each and every one of his beloved children. This is one I will print out and reread on the days when The Barn Owner attempts to keep me hidden in the corner!
Thank you for this beautiful story!
Thank you, Michelle… this is wonderful and touched me in a way I so needed to hear/read… God’s blessings and love to you
I’m so glad!
Beautiful! I’m still a mess being shaped everyday to be more like Him and less of me. Loved it.