One of my most favorite TV programs is Flea Market Flip on HGTV. Oh my goodness – I record FMF, and binge watch several episodes at a time. The show is all about looking for something that is all messed up, and envisioning what it could become. Each week amazing items are showcased; they are items which have undergone a transforming process. The items are then sold for a major profit. Their value was maximized thanks to the hands of the ones who created the “new” item. What was trash to others, became diamonds after being transformed by the hands of their creator.
I am so thankful that God transforms lives. He looks at messed up people, people with flaws, people that others think have little value. God looks at those people not as they presently are, but what they will become after His transforming process.
Many could be listed, but let me showcase some people who became diamonds because of the hands of the Creator:
- We met “Mary” in one of the states where we were pastors. She had lived a rough life, and had even begun to sell her body. Mary was found by Jesus Christ, and He transformed her life. She became a new creation. Others saw her as trash, but God envisioned her as a diamond.
- “Susan” had quite a story. She had lived in a horribly abusive marriage for many years. What Susan had gone through at the hands of her husband is beyond comprehension. One day she felt she had all she could stand. While her husband was sleeping, Susan shot him twice. As a result, she was sentenced to several years in prison. My husband led her to the Lord, baptized her and was used by God to help equip her for life change. Susan eventually got out of jail, and was a new creation. Others saw her as trash, but God envisioned her as a diamond.
- Then, there was a little girl named Barbara. Her life was rough while growing up with an abusive, alcoholic father. The things she endured messed her up emotionally, and in other ways. God came looking for another “piece” to transform by His creative hands. God took Barbara, and through a transforming process, changed who she was. He would later open many doors of ministry to her, so she could proclaim the power of God to change lives. Some saw Barbara as trash, but God envisioned her as a diamond.
It is so easy to look at people as losers, pieces of trash or not “worthy of the oxygen they breathe.” God is looking for those messed up “pieces.” He envisions them as diamonds.
Thank God that He can change trash into diamonds. Barbara knows. Indeed she does!
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11