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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Click (04/18/13)

TITLE: Mistakes---Recycled
By Sandra Hartman



The other day as I was doing some “Heart House” cleaning I opened up a closet. With a click the door swung open and I was buried up to my waist in bottles and containers labeled MISTAKE. Ahh--- this closet was one I visited often. You’d think by now I’d remember that all of these items would cascade down on me no matter how carefully I’d placed them in the last time. In fact the pile has seemed to grow in the closet.

I’m a bit overwhelmed as I look around at all these containers of MISTAKE. I remember each and every one so well and I am so tired of trying to fit them all back into the closet. It takes time and effort and energy to save up all these containers. In fact I need to get rid of them. Problem is –what do I do with them? Hmmmmmm several options cross my mind and I reject each one and then---I remember the recycle bin in my kitchen. It is a recent addition so I’d not considered its full potential before. I begin to place the MISTAKE containers into my blue recycle bin. It fills up and over but I will not be deterred. I am going to get these out to the curb and be done with them once and for all.

So I stumble to the curb under my heavy burden and heave a deep sigh of relief as I set them down---they are outside of me now—they are outside of the place I live—and here comes the truck. I watch with wonder as they are all retrieved from the bin and placed in the truck. The man hands me the emptied bin and I watch as all my mistakes drive away.

Where are they going? I wonder briefly and then a light bulb goes on in my cranium. . Of course! My MISTAKES are going to be recycled into a totally different form.

My MISTAKES might become beautiful bottles for refreshing beverages. Perhaps they will be reduced down to colorful construction paper for creative crafts. Some of them might be turned into Frisbees for dogs to catch and children to chase.. Summer furniture may grow out of those MISTAKES. Upon which people will relax and enjoy a lazy summer afternoon or a happy get together with friends. The thing is: they will be recycled and remade into something good.

Mistakes we’ve made seem to hound us all our lives and sometimes just lead to more mistakes as we feel defeated and discouraged.

But God doesn’t plan for it to be that way. Yes-- He forgives our sins and removes them as far as the East is from the West but our MISTAKES He can and does recycle. After all doesn’t He promise to do this? “All things work together for good to them that love God”
“He hath made everything beautiful in its time.” (Romans 8:28a & Ecc. 3:11)

Even our worst mistakes can be recycled into a victory when placed in God’s willing hands. He will reshape and reform them in such a way that glorifies Him and brings us joy.
“Weeping endures for a night but joy comes in the morning.”

For example--a teenage girl who is raised in a Godly home strays out into the world and falls into sin and marries an unbeliever. The consequences of these Mistakes will hound her for the rest of her life but: God can change those MISTAKES into something beautiful.

He delights in turning our lives into beautiful tapestries of His Skilled Hand. His plans for us are good even when we try to hinder them.

That teenager returns to the Lord as a young adult, repents, and gets right with Him. Subsequently her husband comes to know the Lord as his Savior.

Through trials and heartaches God leads them into Christian service where they are greatly used of God.

Now I’m not advocating that people should make foolish choices believing that God will get them out of trouble. Consequences will still remain throughout that person’s life.

I’m just saying God can take those MISTAKES and recycle them into something useful and beautiful.

So if you’re discouraged about your MISTAKES just place them in the hand of the Great Recycler. I bet if your old enough and you think back about it you will find ways that He has already done that in your life.

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dub W04/29/13
"Even our worst mistakes can be recycled into a victory when placed in God’s willing hands." Strongest line.
First half of the essay was a wonderful metaphor, well told. Though weak the transition to the Bible verse worked. However, the jump to the teen age girl story was out of place. There was a first person story in the first half, then a jump to a 3rd person story - if that story was important, weave into the context of the main theme. Overall, I really enjoyed the first part.
Sunny Loomis 04/30/13
I agree with the other comment. There are kind of two stories here.
But I like the thought of getting past mistakes. Thank you.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/01/13
I enjoyed this interesting and different piece. It's a delightful allegory.