We live in a disposable culture. If it’s broken – toss it. If it’s bruised- get rid of it. When things are blemished or appear to be “useless”, our instinct is to just dispose of it. It’s human nature. We do this with friendships after a fight or disagreement, with spouses when hard times hit and with jobs when we can’t get our way. Sometimes at the store if the box is dented or scuffed up, I deem it unfit to purchase. Even if the product inside is in perfect condition. I even do it with produce. I like my fruit to look perfect and plastic not having a single mark on it. If it looks just a little funny, I ditch it and grab the next best piece.
Fortunately for us, that is not how God operates. We, as people, are bruised, broken and blemished.Trying to find a single area of my life that is absolutely flawless is impossible. God knows this. And that is how He made life to be or else we wouldn’t need Him. When we admit that areas of our life are not how we want them, His power is made perfect (2 Corinthians 12:9) & He is able to show himself strong in our lives in ways we couldn’t imagine (Ephesians 3:20).
God looks at us, in all of our humanity and our circumstances, and finds them USEFUL. No matter how far down the road of destruction we have gone, no matter how messed up we think we are or how dead something looks-He can still use us and our circumstances for our good and for His glory. (Romans 8:28). I encourage you today to gather up all the things about yourself and in your life that you have disposed of or are ready to dispose of and surrender them to God. See what He would do with them.
You are useful to God.
Your challenges, frustrations, disappointments are all USEFUL to God. They could be just the opportunity He needs to change everything around you and reveal His glory. He is the God that makes all things new (Revelation 21:5). Why not give Him a chance to do so?
When I think of something useless and disposable, banana bread comes to mind (#lindsaylogic). You need super ripe bananas to make banana bread. I mean like BLACK, borderline attracting fruit flies type of ripe. Before my mom taught me how to make banana bread, I would’ve just thrown the gross looking bananas away. What good could possibly come from fruit that looked to be on its last leg?
But if I were to toss away what looked useless and dead, I would miss out on such a delicious treat. So if you’ve got some ripe bananas, don’t throw them out! Make some bread instead.
Banana Bread Ingredients
- 2-3 very ripe bananas, peeled
- 1/3 cup melted butter
- 1 cup of sugar (can easily use 3/4 cup, or drop it down to 1/2 cup if you
- want it less sweet)
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Pinch of salt
- 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
- optional ingredients: chocolate chips, pecans
(I like to add nuts to mine, some like chocolate chips. Sometimes I sprinkle brown sugar no top to give it a sweet crunchy feel.)
Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C), and butter a 4×8-inch loaf pan.
In a mixing bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork until smooth. Stir the melted butter into the mashed bananas.
Mix in the baking soda and salt. Stir in the sugar, beaten egg, and vanilla extract. Mix in the flour.
Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes (check at 50 minutes) at 350°F (175°C), or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
Remove from oven and cool completely on a rack. Remove the banana bread from the pan. Slice and serve. (A bread knife helps to make slices that aren’t crumbly)
Let God in to do His good work in the areas of your life you are ready to toss out & get ready to witness His amazing grace, glory and restoration.
My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness- 2 Corinthians 12:9
Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us- Ephesians 3:20
Behold, I make all things new- Revelation 21:5
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to his purpose.- Romans 8:28