Tuesday, July 28, 2015
God's Junk Drawer
"In a large household there are vessels not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for lofty and others for humble use." --2 Timothy 2:20
I live in a large household, and like all large households, I have a variety of vessels. I don't own any gold ones (except for the gold rim on my fancy holiday plates.) I have some silver, but just a few fancy serving pieces. I have lots of wood, and some clay, glass and stoneware. I have plenty of plastic.
As I read this verse, I'm not thinking of any of those dishes. The ones I'm thinking of are the ones that fill my kitchen junk drawer. It's not really junk, it is an eclectic variety of implements intended for use in the preparation of food.
So, as I look inside the drawer at this menagerie of implements, I wonder what God is telling me about this verse.
If God is looking into HIS kitchen junk drawer, which implement would I be?
My friend Kathy would be his whisk! She is gifted at stirring up the fire of faith in the teens in our parish. She's fun and athletic, full of spunk and Spirit. She's a fast mover. She takes that which is heavy and lightens it with air. She's a whisk!
Now Sue is the wooden spoon. She keeps everything going by performing a multitude of duties. She can stir people into ushering at Mass, she scrapes up volunteers to read and distribute Communion. Just like the wooden spoons I've heard stories about, she can also be useful with distributing justice.
I believe Uncle Hugh might be the can-opener. When questions of Church History come up, he opens up a can of... Well, he actually opens up books of information and shares that knowledge with those most in need of correction.
I have friends who may be cherry-pitters. Yep, I have one of those. It's express purpose is to pop the pits out of cherries. It's a very specific device with a very specific purpose. Some of us are like that. Some of us just lay in the drawer waiting for our turn to be useful. Some of us are spatulas, made to turn people over so they don't burn. (Burn, get it?) Some of us are measuring cups. Some of us are rolling pins. Some of us are egg separators.
I think Jesus might be like a cutting board.
He stands between the utensils with sharp edges and the countertop, protecting His home and kitchen. He allows himself to be wounded to keep his home safe.
I still don't know what I am. I don't know precisely what my job is. Am I a cheese grater? An egg timer? Salad tongs? Maybe I'm a bamboo skewer! I just don't know!
It is my honor to be in the drawer. It is my honor to be a vessel for God's use. Whether I am for lofty use or for humble use doesn't matter to me. I am here for his use.
Please open the drawer and use me, Lord.
Help me to be of use to you.