I’ve passed the same dingy white cargo van on my way to work two days in a row now. Emblazoned across the back it says “Locksmith,” but the doors are bungee corded shut.
He can’t fix his own lock?!
But the second day I overtook the van I noticed more details. The word “Locksmith” is faded. And, as I passed him, I noticed the company name and phone number were scraped off.
Maybe this isn’t a locksmith’s ride anymore.
There was a time when I felt like that faded old van. At 18 I entered the ministry as a worship pastor. Later, a bachelor’s degree in music and a master’s degree from a top seminary set me up for a life of fruitful ministry. Over the next 14 years, I served churches in three different states. But at the age of 32 my marriage ended and my God-called career came to a screeching halt.
The sparkling white van that said “minister” across the back now had the name and number scraped off the sides. And to add insult to injury, a tattered bungee cord was the only thing keeping the cargo doors shut. I felt like a complete and utter failure.
But God had a plan (Jeremiah 29:11; Ephesians 2:10).
The path back to wholeness hasn’t always been rosy, recovery from life trauma seldom is. Yet I stand here today happily remarried and 17 years into a successful career as a public educator.
Perhaps you can relate, kind reader? Your life, at some point, went off the rails—so to speak. But God is faithful.
Do I have a witness?!
“I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.”Psalm 37:25 (NIV)
God is the ultimate repurposer. Our “ride” may change, but if we’re still alive it’s not too late. So let’s stay on the anvil my friends!
“The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me; your love, O Lord endures forever—do not abandon the works of your hands.”Psalm 138:8 (NIV)
Do you have your own “repurposed” story? If so, I’d love to hear it! Because stories matter. Comment here, or write your own post and tell me where to find it.
🙏❤️prayers and love.