Okay, I admit it. I like Op-shops. It’s like embarking on a treasure hunt, fossicking around historical artefacts (“Mum used to own one of those!”) and reminiscing on fashion gone by (“Did we really wear those huge shoulder pads?”)
Someone’s trash is another’s treasure, the saying goes. Op-shops are interesting because it’s hard to put a realistic value on something that’s a throw away. Is it trash or is it treasure? We can make a quick judgement, based on our own preferences, need and what we’d be prepared to pay, but who really knows? And I’m sure we’ve all tossed something away, only to regret that weeks later. The value we place on things can change from day to day.
‘The stone the builders tossed aside is now the most important stone of all. This is something the Lord has done, and it is amazing to us.’ Matt 21:42 (CEV)
Jesus was rejected and tossed aside. He was no longer in fashion. He didn’t fit the mould, the expectations, the needs that people wanted. “Isn’t he (just) the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother Mary? … so people were upset because of what he was doing.” (Matt 13:55, 57)
Jesus chose his disciples and friends from the Op-shop too. Those of lower social standing, the rejects, the ‘tossed aside’, the devalued. That gives us all hope as we bear our own scars, torn seams and brokenness. The pre-loved are now loved again; desired, valued and given new purpose. And bought back with the priceless cost of a life.
We might be broken and feel like rubble, but if we are in Christ, we are part of that Cornerstone which holds everything together. Everyone, every idea and every thing in all creation has its place in Christ Jesus. (Col 1:17)
Be careful of what you discard!