“Trash to Treasure”
One time when I was a little girl I fell off some bleachers and into a trash can. All I remember is feeling awfully warm,and the next thing I knew some man was helping me out of said trash can. “Are you okay?” he said, I nodded my head yes and he went on.
Many times I have thought of that trash can, and so many times have thought I belonged there through my life.( Funny how those small things that happen to us impact us so much.) Many moments were as if it would have been safer there with the lid pulled over the top. I didn’t appreciate my childhood, it was rough in some instances and had a few bright places. I grew into an angry teen and even an angrier adult. But the anger was really a lot hurt, and some of that I can admit now I brought on myself , but still yet some brought on by others,all because of lies from the enemy. The lie that I belonged in that trash can from a small child.
I never was good enough, smart enough, or pretty enough. I was always made to feel like a big fat pile of trash, that would never amount to anything. But yet did I know there would be someone who thought I was all those things and more, all the time I thought I was nothing. It would be many years till the night He found me, or I found Him really. He was always there ,I just didn’t see Him. I had been in church basically since I was about 16 and even raised my children up with a spiritual up-bringing. (Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.)
I may not have been brought up in it,but so thankful I found it! Finding the Lord and all He had for me has help me crawl out of that trash can and undeservedly into His arms,and to my surprise into His treasures. ( I don’t know why we are surprised by the things the Lord does for us….it’s like duh, I am here to prosper you and not forsake you.) When He opened the door to move here to Nashville, I excitedly and fearfully came. But everything has worked out just as He planned ,andHe has opened doors and gave me favor like I have never had. This has been the most welcoming town I have ever been too. This job has let be creative in all kinds way, some things I didn’t even know I had in me. The way of the people I work with, go to church with and meet here, and I can never forget the Sillavans who hosted me when I first got here, have given love and blessings beyond measure. “You” might not consider this treasures ,but I sure do.
It’s not about material things ,it’s about the loving and being loved, John 14:21 And because they love me, my Father will love them. Those who love me will have my
Father’s love, and I, too, will love them and show myself to them. I might have felt like I lived in a trash can for all those years, and didn’t deserve anything, but as in Esther 4:14 but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”. Where does your treasure lie?
Cece Winans Alabaster Box
Here is to finding your treasures,