My father saw the value of keeping items that he might find useful or functional sometime in the future. In the past, this was called “collecting junk” but nowadays you are called “being a picker.” When we sold the house he and my mother lived in for thirty five years, I packed up all the “stuff” and brought boxes of items to my workshop… hence perpetuating the family tradition of saving things for which we have no immediate use. When I go to the workshop, I spend a little time rummaging around to see what hidden treasures my dad collected. I am quite confident I will not find some valuable antique that will be worth thousands of dollars, but what I am finding are artifacts into my dad’s life which causes me to stop and remember him. Many of the items I’ve discovered are broken or have parts missing, but to my dad, they were worth saving. Sometimes when I’m at the shop and I need a bolt, a drill bit, or particular size wrench, I can dig around in these boxes and find just what I need. When I do, I laugh and say, “Thanks Dad. You knew I’d need that.”
In a lot of ways, I believe our Heavenly Father is a “picker”. He roams the earth, searching for lives that are broken, rusted, and has missing parts. What the world tosses aside in a trash heap as worthless and meaningless, God sees the great value in and he desires to claim as his own. The Bible is full of stories about people who were not in prime moral condition, yet God chose them and used them as part of his love story to us. A prostitute, an adulterer, a thief, and a cheater – the people from your family tree that you gloss over when asked, “how’s the family?” – encountered the power of a living God and were redeemed through God’s love. If you feel you are not worthy to be loved by God because of your past… neither am I. If you feel that your actions would condemn you to be ostracized and dismissed before a holy God… so have mine. If you have been burdened with a load of guilt and shame because of your thoughts… I have too. But remember, God is a picker. And he chooses to love you based upon his love, mercy, and grace. “Thanks God my Father. You knew I needed that.” Come to a place where broken dreams and wounded hearts are made whole. Come to know God and his love for you.