For as long as I can remember, my daughter has been in the business of repurposing things. She sees an object differently than most of us. She possesses a unique skill which involves asking the question, “what can this become?”
She has the ability to turn the ordinary into something new.
A Christmases ago, I found her surrounded by tissue paper at the kitchen table. I figured she was just wrapping a present.
A few hours later, she carried out a small gift bag which held her present to her uncle: a giant jaw breaker.
The small bag intrigued me: I hadn’t remembered it among our store of gift wrap and reusable bags. But the secret was revealed.
Proudly, my daughter explained that she had taken an empty cardboard band-aid box and turned it into a gift bag. Covered in white paint and stamped with glittery gold snowflakes, the box radiated it’s beauty. The final touch was the gold ribbon attached through the punched holes on the side.
Truthfully, the original design of the band-aid box served its purpose. It’s beauty lied in that. Who would want band aids falling out of the now open top when you are in a hurry to treat a wound? How would glittery gold snowflakes convey to a consumer that band aids were actually hidden inside?
God’s words to the Israelites speak into the process of repurposing: for them and for us. ““Forget about what’s happened;
don’t keep going over old history.
Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new.” (Isaiah 43:18-19)
God is always in the business of renaming us in order to fulfill new purposes
What is your “new?”
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