I love my kitties. My little furry beasts. Full of energy. Sissy and Bubba are very lovable creatures. They love my attention. They purr and bump my hands to pet them, rub against my legs. Where I go, they go. Upstairs. Downstairs.
Brother and sister, they sleep together, bathe each other and chase each other. They have a good ole time.
I love my collection of teapots and teacups. Delicate china. Beautiful patterns and colors. I set them on tables graced with lace, pearls, and flowers and arrange them artfully. Some are antique. Some are not.
Fancy candles make up my delicate item displays as well. The ones that you stop and watch at the Fair while they dip them in this color, then that color. After that they cut and form multi-colored curliques and wah-lah! A fancy candle.
All are handled with great care, of course!
Mostly, my precious treasures are fairly safe from my precious pets. However, what happens when I go away for a few days? I have come home often enough to mourn the loss of a teacup or the spout of a teapot on the floor.
I have learned a new talent. I can now artfully showcase my delicate finery in fresh, innovative ways. The spoutless teapot faces the wall. The patterns and colors are still visible. No one will know the spout is missing.
Alas, my teacup is a loss. Ah—but not totally! I saw half teacups (now like mine) hanging by their handles from a Christmas tree. Cool! A new ornament. And I can still enjoy that pattern and color. Ingenious!
I finally wised up about leaving home for a few days. It’s a lot of work, but all those pretty, delicate china cups and pots get packed away into a room with a closed door. No more kitty disasters! Well, fewer, anyway.
Disaster Turned Around
God made us to be beautiful like fine china. But we are broken. We like to race around in the high places, and pounce on each other. Pieces of our hearts lie all over the place. But, Jesus has redeemed us. He uses that very brokenness to cause us to shine beautifully once again, in a fresh style.
We are God’s precious treasures.
“…That their (your) hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:2.3).