Pallets & Brokenness

Lately, I've been spending too much time on pinterest. I am helping with a project (go figure), to raise money (go figure), for missions (go figure). But it has been a H-A-R-D week/season in my life.

Here’s the deal: I am a simple person, I am not a theologian. And when the Lord speaks to me, He usually does it in simple ways. The pallet idea really did come from Pinterest. I saw people taking apart pallets and repurposing them into cute signs. I thought this would be a great thing a youth group could do to sell at our Christmas Marketplace and raise money for their missions trip. So, as I was planning how to get a bunch of teenagers to make cute signs that everyone wants to buy, I saw a clear picture of my life with God. It goes something like this.....

Pallets. They have a job, they carry heavy loads. I am like a pallet. I have a job, I carry a heavy load. I am fine with it, and I realize it's my job in this season of my life. The pallet it is cut and ripped apart. I feel like I am being cut and ripped apart. You guys, I want to be strong and I don’t want to be a whiner, but I actually feel like I am being broken and sawzalled apart (the chosen tool for pallet cutting). I have a dear friend whose pallet (her LIFE) has been crushed into a million splinters. No matter what is breaking us, because it can be many things (marriage, health, tragedy), life can reduce us to a pile of scrap wood.

But here is where it gets good! The pallet has to be broken to be used! The wood has to be ripped apart to be put back together into something cute, something good, something created for a new job and life of beauty. Yup, I have to be broken so the Great Creator can make me beautiful for a new job and a new life through Him!

And the pallets don’t stop there, just being cute signs. They will be sold to raise money, to be used for His good work in the world. And when we get put back together, made into something new and better, it doesn’t stop with just us being fixed up. We get to be used by God for His work in the world. We get to be beautiful and whole and new because of the Great Redeemer.

Psalm 147:3 He heals the broken hearted And binds up their wounds. 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Thanks for reading,

LML P.S. You can buy a cute pallet sign at the Christmas Marketplace December 1st-3rd @ South Fellowship Church (6560 S. Broadway) in Littleton.

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