The Picker

pickersAntique pickers are a breed unto themselves. They like to think of themselves as “junkyard archaeologists.”

Scavenging through overgrown junkyards, dilapidated warehouses, critter-infested barns and odd-lot antique shops, they hope to unearth some treasure from the dust.

Like mad de-extinction scientists, they attempt to breathe life back into the long-extinguished DNA of nostalgic stuff from our pasts. Then they hope we’ll be willing to part with hard-earned cash to relive the experiences we once had.

These pickers obviously fascinate us, thus the multiple cable shows through which couch potatoes can vicariously enjoy the frustration of the hunt and thrill of the score.

Yep…pickers are an odd bunch. That’s why I am a little hesitant to toss out my newest theological idea.

God is a picker.

God does not look for the strongest, wisest, prettiest or most powerful when He wants to display His handiwork. He looks for the broken, rejected, lowest, weakest and least respected.

When He snags lives to demonstrate His kingdom and captures hearts to express His presence, He looks in dark places for discarded souls and then creates something special to display His creativity.

  • He shapes those who cannot into those who do.
  • He makes those who are shattered into those who are indestructible.
  • He transforms that which was dirty into that which is holy.

He rebuilds from piles of ashes, renews what doesn’t function and restores what has lost purpose.

God gets His hands dirty when He creates. He works with dust and mud. People who have disintegrated become the expression of His order and beauty.

“Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these ‘nobodies’ to expose the hollow pretensions of the ‘somebodies’?” (1 Cor. 1:23, MSG)

This world’s junk becomes God’s treasure. God is a picker.

That is why the wisdom of God seems like “foolishness” to our culture. It makes no sense to build an eternal enterprise not with the best and the brightest but using the beaten and the broken.

But the divine Picker has a purpose: to “make it quite clear that none of you can get by with blowing your own horn before God. Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. That’s why we have the saying, ‘If you’re going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God.'” (1 Cor. 1:25-26, MSG)

No one can ever claim that those God rescues from the dusty grave of irrelevance or the dead-end junkyard of insignificance were rebuilt by their own strength.

There are no bootstraps in God’s kingdom…so stop trying to pull yourself up by them.

You have been picked!

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