There once was a large oak tree that stood beside a riverbed. During the summer families flocked to the area to enjoy the sun and cool water. Many would arrive early to try to be the first ones to save a place under this tree.
The great limbs provided shade for the families as they picnicked by the shore. Laughter filtered up through the rustling leaves to the heavens as children climbed the strong limbs. There was an old tire swing tied to one of the branches by a frayed rope.
Nesting birds raised their families amongst the old oak’s boughs. Young couples would carve their initials into the bark to declare their love.
One summer the rain came down, the river overflowed, and flooded the land. Soon the old oak tree was uprooted, its limbs broke off and floated down the turbulent waterway.
No longer did the tree provide shade.
No longer did children’s giggles float to the skies through the branches.
The tree was now broken, crashing against the rocks, adrift, for no reason of its own.
For weeks, months even years pieces of wood from this mighty oak were tossed about…smoothing its edges, graying its color by the water’s erosion. Sandblasted by the wind.
Years later, hundreds of miles away a little girl named Becky was walking on the shore with her parents. Laughing she picked up the piece of driftwood.
It was the first time the oak tree had heard a child’s laughter since the flood.
She shared it with her parents, who lovingly felt the smoothness of the wood.
It was the first time the oak tree had been surrounded by love since it fell into the river many years ago.
The family brought it to their blanket as they sat and ate their lunch.
How wonderful it was to again be a part of a family’s meal!
That night Becky asked her Dad to put it up on the wall in her room.
No longer was it crashing against the boulders or thrown around in the rapids. It had found a new home and had a new purpose.
It was Repurposed!
Have you experienced a season in your life where for no fault of your own, you found yourself tossed about? A time where you felt like you were drifting in a sea of tidal waves with nowhere to land?
All of us have times when life takes us places that are tough, but if we allow The Lord to keep us afloat we will find in the end, the sharp edges will be made smoother, and He will rescue us for a new purpose…He will REPURPOSE us.
“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for Him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what He wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” Romans 12:1-2 (MSG)
Don’t stay adrift…look for the shoreline…find a new purpose.!
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