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Can Blessings Be Found In the Garbage

Robert is not a theologian; even so, he has a love for God's word and finds great joy in sharing what God reveal's to him through His word.

“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)

Saturday Morning Routine

Saturday mornings are usually my days for hauling garbage. While I do not care much for handling garbage (it often stinks and has ugly little critters crawling around in it), I do enjoy the drive to the garbage collection station. Last Saturday was no different. As I walked out the front door I was struck with how cool and fresh the air was outside. The sun had just risen, the roosters were crowing, and the morning just seemed so glorious.

Anyway, I loaded the garbage into the pickup (no ugly little critters in sight, which only made the already wonderful morning that much better) and began my drive to garbage collection. I love viewing the evenly laid crop fields, the livestock, and the Amish farms that line the drive to Morrison. With the windows rolled sown, the cool wind blowing through the cab, and the wonderful smell of all that livestock (my love of which Connie does not appreciate) enveloping me; I just couldn’t see how my morning could get any better. Well, it did!

Sunday morning Amish church gathering in Morrison, TN.

Sunday morning Amish church gathering in Morrison, TN.

Proof is in the Garbage

I arrived at the dump, and as I was unloading my garbage a gentleman walked past me, and smiling he said, “We are blessed with garbage”. At first I considered he was being somewhat sarcastic, and he may well have been; but then I got to thinking about what he said and quickly realized just how right he was – we are truly blessed with garbage! It struck me that all this garbage, trash, or whatever else you may want to call it, is nothing less than a reminder that we are not without. As the scripture above sates, “God shall supply all our needs”, and He has – the proof is in the garbage!

Village in north eastern Iraq.

Village in north eastern Iraq.

Many Have no Garbage

I have been to many places around the world and have seen people who had no garbage; they had no garbage because they had NOTHING. They sometimes wore what might be construed as clothing, but that was often literally rags; they often were blessed to have a mud hut to call home; at times, when they were truly fortunate, they might have had a green slimy pool of water from which to drank, or utilize that water for cooking; they may even have had a pet or two, although those pets often appeared to be no better off than their masters. Too often these people could be seen digging though other’s garbage looking for scraps of food to eat. I actually, on several occasions, witnessed cattle and dogs compete with each other over discarded bags of garbage in the hopes of finding something to eat.

One of many precious children from village in north eastern Iraq.

One of many precious children from village in north eastern Iraq.

The Cherished Red Dixie Cup

In Iraq our platoon became familiar with a village in the northeastern section of our area of operations; in this village lived many little children to whom we would take items sent from folks back in the states. We gave these children coloring books and crayons, toys, items of clothing, toothpaste (which was not well accepted), and many other items. What always has struck me most though was the way they clung to one particular item, almost as if it were a treasure; that item was the red Dixie cups we gave them to use when brushing their teeth. Apparently they were not used to having cups or glasses from which to drink and they seemed to cherish these.

Why are We So Discontented in America?

Folks, most of us have no earthly idea just how blessed we are in this country. We see and hear of so much discontent today, and the riots and killings associated with that discontent; yet, those children in Iraq were unbelievably (so it appeared to me) delighted with the gift of a simple red plastic cup, the same item we here consider as garbage after just one use. Whenever I see a discarded red Dixie cup, whether in our own garbage or someone else’s, I think of those children in Iraq and then thank God for the many blessings He has bestowed upon us.

We are Truly Blessed with Garbage!

We must never forget that “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning”. Everything we possess, we do so because God provided it; without His blessing, we would have absolutely nothing, not even our next breath. Brothers and sisters in Christ, far too often we neglect to count our blessings and to give thanks for those blessing, let’s strive not to do so any longer!.

“We are blessed with garbage”, what a strange way to be reminded of God’s blessings.

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