Nothing Wasted

rsz_seedsEven though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people, as he is doing today. – Genesis 50:20

I’m inspired by people with big imaginations, people who can envision doing something useful with things that others see as merely waste.

A brewery gives its spent grain to an organic farm to feed livestock.

A coffee shop makes its grounds available to local gardeners to use as fertilizer.

A group of residents at an apartment complex organizes “Leftover Parties”, pooling their leftovers and cooking together to make something spectacular that they eat together.

Women in a senior center gather weekly to make sleeping mats from old plastic bags for local homeless shelters.

As inspired as I am by these stories, it is God’s imagination and God’s story that simultaneously takes my breath away and breathes hope into me. In God’s economy absolutely nothing is wasted. Even the abrasiveness of failure and hardship is used to sharpen the edge of our faith and character.

I want to become like Joseph, able to trust that even in the most difficult times of life God is weaving the threads of hardship into a tapestry of beauty and restoration. That faith empowers us to heal from the wounds of our past and lean into the future with hope.

Struggling through failure or hardship today? Take a moment to listen to this awesome song entitled Blessings.

Jeff Marian serves as lead pastor at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville, MN

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