It's amazing how a little sunshine and a beautiful song can brighten up your day. I was driving home from work today from a day that didn't seem the greatest, but not the worst. I was in my car and decided to listen to music. I wanted to listen to something new and so I played Little Light by Perma. The name of the song happened to be perfect for today because the sun was actually out. The combination of the warm light and the beautiful lyric made me feel so much better. It was almost as if my eyes were more open because I went from being somewhat grumpy to smiling while singing along with the song. I began to think of all the things I should be thankful for and how much I have to be happy about. I love how simple things in life can bring so much joy and inspiration. Music and sunshine are good for the soul.
As you may know from reading our blog previously, is that I am a huge fan of Eisley. They have ranked number one in my heart for several years now. I'm also a fan of Say Anything & it seems perfect that Sherri of Eisley and Max of Say Anything are married and make awesome music together in their own band, Perma. This song is so beautiful. I wish I had heard it before now, but I believe sometimes things are meant to wait for specific moments in time, kinda like this beauty. It created a great moment for me today. I recommend giving it a listen. :)
Culture, it's beautiful, it's amazing, it has this overwhelming ability of connecting with the daily life and our interactions at their core. One thing that we love about culture is the use now-a-days (and fascination with) reclaimed wood and reclaimed materials. We are so excited to take something that has had this long arduous past, and create with it a new, more meaningful future. By the way, as I am writing this, I also have ideas up in my browser about how to build cool sets with reclaimed wood palettes. (;
Tuesday morning I awoke with an analogy at the forefront of my mind. We are, as Christians, called to be a reclaimed people with a reclaimed life. How is this, and what does it look like? Let me explain.
1) They are very pricy
Reclaimed wood objects are pricy... this, we know as a fact. When you purchase a "new" reclaimed object, it's funny that it is much more expensive than a "new new" equivalent. This reflects the imagery of us being bought at a high price. The power and work on the cross was the high price that was staked for our new claim on life.
2) They are re-crafted and reworked
People often don't just tear down a barn and say, "Ok, this is it... I want this in my living room." There is a thoughtful reworking of the wood, recontextualizing as well as bringing in new elements to supplement this new-found purpose. The same is for us. Jeremiah 18:4 tells us, "Whenever the pot the potter was working on turned out badly, as sometimes happens when you are working with clay, the potter would simply start over and use the same clay to make another pot." (MSG) We are remade into something much more beautiful than a warped old visage of a former structure.
3) They have a new purpose
So as the former structure had a purpose, so does this one. Whether the purpose for our reclaimed project is simply aesthetic, it is remade and destined for something different. If this is the case, we too are made new and are called to something much different, much greater.
2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us that, "If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!"
If we ignore the fact that these things occur when we are called as Christians, we ignore the purpose, the concept, the context and everything we would have done would have all been in vain. Next time you're out in a lumber yard, smashing apart a palette or reworking your next masterpiece, remember that you too were reworked for that same purpose.