You know when you go to the store, whether it’s a grocery store or a clothing store and they have the ‘as is’ section? The section where the about-to-expire foods are, and the shirts with one or two buttons missing; kinda like the damaged goods section. Notice, all the products there are 1. a billion times cheaper and 2. on sale because no one wants them, they are left for the cheap skates and the ones who like to live on the wild side.
When I think about my relationship with God, I relate that metaphor to people. Imagine all of us people on earth as products in the store, what section would I be in? Thinking about God’s ‘shopper profile’ you would think, a perfect being wants perfect things. However, as we all know that’s really not the case with God. He wants those ‘damaged goods’ matter fact, he embraces them and looks for them.
I’m a sinner, so are you. I’m not accusing, just stating facts. We all sin and fall short of God’s glory; but because of how much God loves and the essence of him; essentially, we are more than good enough with our missing buttons and our soon approaching expiration dates.
When I’m at the store looking at the items on sale; for example the warehouse in the back of the store where all the broken furniture is, I’m usually looking there for what I can settle for, I look at how badly damaged it is and then look at what it’s selling for and make my decision. Some of the things I wouldn’t dare to buy because I believe there’s no hope for it. I can settle for a sratch or a ding, but a completely mutilated piece of furniture won’t get a second glance from me.
In one way or another, we are all mutilated. I know I am. I’ve been hurt and disappointed by many people in my life and that makes me create a wall. I slowly, but surely develop a callus barrier around my heart and drawing for feelings gets harder and harder. At times like this, I simply cannot imagine why God would even take a second glance at me. I do it often and I would think I’d grow tired of that.
Yet, he sees hope. Everything after I turn back to God from a spell of not being in close relationship with Him, He shows me how much potential I have. Knowing it from the beginning signs and situations are thrown at me for opportunities to turn back to God.
Even when we don’t see the potential we have, and even when we consider we think ourselves as damaged goods. God, never fails at seeing the potential within all of us. ’Damaged goods’ is a term used to show us what our lives and us will be like when we choose to exist without God, and with Him we are sold ‘As is’ to a buyer who is crazy about every broken heart, every sob story, every disappointment, every disorder and abnormality we posses.
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
That sounds like a good deal to me. Thank God for God.