Does God use purple paper clips?
Some years ago I was unearthing my desk (Yes, “unearthing.” It truly was an archeological expedition, as my desk was buried under piles of paper many years old.), I discovered a plethora of paper clips. It appears I kept purchasing them, unable to find the ones purchased before, as they were buried. (See previous reference: “unearthing my desk”.)
Just how many paperclips does one really need? Now I was faced with a decision: Do I continue to hoard or do I begin to cull? Since what started this Big Dig in the first place was my desire to declutter and downsize my life, more hoarding was not an option. So I decided to cull out the paper clips I liked and put aside the rest to give to a local Christian school. Naturally, my choice to cull were the purple paper clips, because it exudes fun and creativity. It’s my signature color.
As I happily picked out all the purple paper clips, putting all the rest aside for an also worthy life, I got to thinking: Does God use purple paper clips? No, not in the sense that God’s signature color is purple, although He could as it denotes royalty. His Son, Jesus, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, heavenly royalty indeed. And not in the sense that He’s got some piles of heavenly paper that He needs to clip together.
What I was thinking was more like, “Does God use each of us, in all our uniqueness, in our “purpleness?” Happily, the answer is a resounding “YESSSSSS!!!!!” And here’s some of the proof, in His own Word:
“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven tougher in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered.” ( Psalm 139:13-17, NLT)
“God formed the man out of the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person.” (Genesis 2:7, NLT)
“God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. (Ephesians 1:5, NLT)
“But to all who believed in him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or a plan, but a birth that comes from God.” (John 1:12-13, NLT)
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10, NLT)
So, do you consider yourself one of “God’s purple paper clips?” Or maybe you identify with another color? Tell me what you think. Post a comment on this blog.
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