Something Don’d on Me! 12-4-19

“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.” Luke 12: 6-7 (ESV)
“A fine glass vase goes from treasure to trash, the moment it is broken. Fortunately, something else happens to you and me. Pick up your pieces. Then, help me gather mine.” ~ Vera Nazarian
I’ve never been much of a poet, nor have I been an aficionado of poetry. (Sorry to all my past English professors!) But I have always been a fan of a couple of brilliant poets: Theodore S. Geisel (you know him as Dr. Seuss) and Shel Silverstein (you know him as Shel Silverstein). Shel’s humorous poems often have a hidden profound concept as does the one that I will share here, entitled “Hector The Collector.” Read this…and hang with me on this one. There’s a point, I promise!

Hector the Collector collected bits of string,
Collected dolls with broken heads
And rusty bells that would not ring.
Pieces out of picture puzzles,
Bent-up nails and ice-cream sticks,
Twists of wires, worn-out tires,
Paper bags and broken bricks.
Old chipped vases, half shoelaces,
Gatlin’ guns that wouldn’t shoot,
Leaky boats what wouldn’t float
And stopped up horns that wouldn’t toot.
Butter knives that had no handles,
Copper keys that fit no locks,
Rings that were too small for fingers,
Dried-up leaves and patched-up socks.
Worn out belts that had no buckles,
‘Lectric trains that had no tracks,
Airplane models, broken bottles,
Three-legged chairs and cups with cracks.
Hector the Collector loved these things with all his soul–
Loved them more than shining diamonds,
Loved them more than glistenin’ gold.
Hector called to all the people,
“Come and share my treasure trunk!”
And all the silly sightless people
Came and looked … and called it junk.  
Shel Silverstein (Where the Sidewalk Ends, 46)

Hearing the story of Hector, reminds me a lot of the story of my brother, Jesus. He tended to collect broken people, people who were marred and scarred by failings of all kinds.  Peter the impetuous, Simon the insurgent Zealot, Matthew the despised tax collector, a woman of the street, and many others.  But, like Hector, he “loved them more than shining diamonds, loved them more than glistenin’ gold.”.
Later, when Paul looked at how the church was functioning, he said: “not many of you are wise, mighty or noble.  But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty…” (1 Cor 2:26-28). We use that “uses the foolish things to shame the wise” phrase a lot…but did you see that Paul was using it in the framework of CHURCH-FOLK??
A few chapters later his description of these people was more precise and graphic: “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?  Do not be deceived.   Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor male prostitutes, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.  And such were some of you.” (1 Cor 6:9-10.)  He sounds like Hector the Collector.  God gathered a church full of sinners and called them saints and the “silly sightless” world doesn’t understand.
As we begin a new study called “Lost in Wonder”, I pray that you will look close at how God uses ordinary things and turns them extraordinary! When we are in awe of God, it will cause us to OBEY, to WORSHIP, and to RESPOND! And we may even face OPPOSITION…but our God is worthy of our WONDER! Our GOD…collects our broken lives…and puts them together in a mosaic-like sculpture that He adores and cherishes! May we be the likeness of Him this week…and may we all be lost in Wonder!
Shalom Alachiem!