It’s that time of year again. We’re about 1/2 way through the new school year so all the wonderful 24 packs of crayons I purchased back in August are now reduced to half-eaten bits and bobs of various shades and sizes.
So, I gather them all up, set the little Crayon Eaters to work peeling them, and sorting them into “color families”
Then, I chop them into 1/2″ pieces and toss each color family into a lined muffin tin. Then into the oven it goes at 350°F for 7-8 minutes.
And lo and behold, out pop these wonderfully swirly, deliciously muffin-shaped “circle crayons” as the kiddos call them.
They are no ordinary crayons. And they are highly sought after for creative journaling and craft projects. I know this. And I use it to my advantage- the wielder of a circle crayon is highly honored.
And thus everyone desires to wield a circle crayon. And it lends itself to a great kid devotional: *ahem*
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come!
-2 Corinthians 5:17
Just like that, in the same way Jesus takes our used up, worn out, broken, rejected, spent lives. He strips us of our worthless shoddy wrappings, breaks us for the sake of humility. Then He scoops us up, and forms us in a new shape. He turns up the heat and we are conformed to His image and likeness. Beautiful. New. With new purpose, honor, and use. Different than before, but infinitely better than the broken, ragged bits we were before we encountered Him.
Then the one seated on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new.” He also said, “Write, because these words are faithful and true.”
©Wholly Holy Living 2020