Last summer, I was helping out in the backroom at our Lafayette thrift store. Now you never know what’s going to come through the donation door. We’ve gotten some incredible and well, unique, donations at times. Despite our best efforts at using everything we possibly can, there are some donations that are re-donated to the dumpster right out back.
As I was heading out and back over to the office that day, I happened to glance at one of the trash barrels that was full and waiting to be taken out. I saw a familiar smile.
If you’re a child of the 80’s like me, this familiar smile might have the same effect on you as it does me. Immediately my mind starts racing and imagining all the possibilities. LEGOS are more than toys after all, they are the best toys ever created! I’d be lying if I said I didn’t still collect them to this day and that I have already introduced them to all three of my own children at home.
So I pulled on this yellow head sticking up out of the trash can, and out came and entire over-sized LEGO man! Well, almost an entire over-sized LEGO man. You see, he was in the trash because He was slightly less than a complete man.
So of course the appropriate name for my new friend was Lefty. But on a more serious note, he really did get me thinking. We all have missing pieces. Maybe not literally an arm, but that’s exactly what sin does. It steals our wholeness and destroys our completeness. We are broken and less than prefect. We don’t make the cut. We are worthy of nothing but the trash can.
But that’s not the end of the story. For Lefty, I came along and plucked him from the trash. Not because he did something to earn it. Not because he was a good LEGO man. Simply because of my heart for that familiar smile.
Isn’t that exactly what God has done for each of us? Because of His love for us, not because we have earned it or deserve it, He has plucked each and every one of us from the well-deserved trash can we were in and given us real hope and restored life through his son Jesus Christ. He knows our face, our familiar smile, and he loves it. He loves us!
So now Lefty sits in my office with me each day. He reminds me that apart for God’s saving grace, I am nothing but trash-worthy. But He also reminds me that once we have accepted Christ as our Savior, we’ve been eternally plucked from the trash and that Satan is powerless to change that!
Who knew there was so much wisdom to gain from a one-armed giant Lego man? Then again, why not? After all, we are not all that different, are we.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (The Message)
“Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons!”