Trash into Treasure, Beauty into Ashes

Saw this inspiring 3 minute video this morning (see below), about these people who live in a slum, built on a landfill, who make musical instruments out of trash.  I’m not talking like they make hillbilly instruments (i.e. –they aren’t playing the spoons), nor are they creating a Stomp routine, doing percussion on various pots and pans…  which is WAY cool, too…but this is different.  They are making cellos and violins and so forth.  In fact, they created a “landfillharmonic.”  It’s beautiful.

It’s also a beautiful illustration of the heart of God.  It’s one of my favorite things about God, that he takes what’s desolate and ruined and makes something beautiful and useful out of it.  Here are two of my favorite passages that speak to God’s very ability to do this.  I’ll let them speak for themselves.

Ezekiel 36:33-36

33 “Thus says the Lord God: On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will cause the cities to be inhabited, and the waste places shall be rebuilt. 34 And the land that was desolate shall be tilled, instead of being the desolation that it was in the sight of all who passed by. 35 And they will say, ‘This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden, and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are now fortified and inhabited.’ 36 Then the nations that are left all around you shall know that I am the Lord; I have rebuilt the ruined places and replanted that which was desolate. I am the Lord; I have spoken, and I will do it.

Isaiah 61:  1-4

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;[a]
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;[b]
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.[c]
They shall build up the ancient ruins;
they shall raise up the former devastations;
they shall repair the ruined cities,
the devastations of many generations.

Let us rejoice and be amazed and encouraged by the fact that God can take what to us is only trash and turn it into a treasure!

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