Cash for Clunkers!

I have been hearing a lot about this new government stimulus program. My friend, Donna, was telling me about the new van she got. She drove her old one to the dealership, and it died right there in the lot! She drove out with a beautiful new, totally decked out model - thanks to Cash for Clunkers.
Every time I hear that phrase, I just can't help but think about God's plan that changed clunky old me into something of value.
To the woman caught in adultery, Jesus said, “Where are your accusers? Neither do I condemn you.” He gave the blind man sight, made the lame to walk, healed the leper and raised men, women & children from the dead. Those He touched would never be the same. I may not have been blind, lame, diseased, or dead physically, but spiritually and emotionally, I was all those things. His touch on my life provided healing, freedom, peace, hope and joy, and I will never be the same.
Like Donna's old van, I was dead, had nothing more to give. And like her new van, I am decked out! Jesus said, "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." He has made my life full, not so much with worldly riches, but with the peace that passes understanding, with His love that endures forever, with abundant grace, with truth that set me free. He bound up the brokenhearted, and set the captives free.
Do I ever have clunky days? Moments when I'm sure I failed? Times when I feel unlovable? Absolutely, I do. But I also have God's Word that reassures me of the truth. I have His presence near me and in me confirming His truth to me. And what He did for clunky old me, He will surely do for you!
What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we've been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now! God is keeping careful watch over us and the future. The Day is coming when you'll have it all—life healed and whole. 1 Peter 1:3-4 The Message


Jean said...

Great analogy, Susan! I was defintely a clunker when the Lord lifted me up and restored me.

It brings such peace.


Runner Mom said...

This was very good!! I have plenty of clunky days!!

Read your post about Vonda S.--she lives near me!! I have heard her speak several times--awesome lady!We did her book this summer as part of our Beach Blanket Bible Study!

Audrey said...

Hi Susan,,, I've been enjoying your blog and seeing how God is opening up the doors for you to write this book!!!!! Keep walking through those doors...

Jeanette Levellie said...

Yaaaayy for God's program of Grace for clunkers! I love this analogy, Susan. Thanks for your encouragement,
Audience of ONE

Mom and Loving It! said...

Hi Susan! What a great word...I sometimes lean hard one way or the other...has lots to do with my schedule!
I'm looking forward to our critique group and getting to know all of you better! Blessings!