These last couple months I have found myself in situations I never dreamed of, not bad, but unexpected. One evening in particular, I found myself hanging halfway inside a dumpster.
I was all alone trying to scrummage up some boxes for our move. A certain company threw away boxes each day and I heard they didn’t mind if you took them. So there I was, halfway over the dumpster trying desperately to reach boxes. Yet, they were too low to reach and my midsection was starting to hurt from balancing on the metal. The only reason I hadn’t jumped in the dumpster, was because I was worried I wouldn’t be able to get out.
I was about to give up and was easing myself down from the dumpster when I heard an employee with more boxes come up behind me. I got embarrassed. If my cheeks could flush, I imagine they would have been furiously flushing at this point. I hadn’t been this buddy-buddy with a dumpster for a long time, or ever! Why did someone have to witness me right now? I thought what I was doing was fine, but I was nervous. I felt low, dirty, and a bit ashamed.
The employee walked up with the boxes and I built up a titch of courage. I asked him if he was going to put his boxes in the dumpster. He replied that he was and asked if I wanted them. I expressed that I most certainly did. Then he not only said I could have the boxes, but he picked them up and asked if he could put them in my car.
After spending time hanging over a dumpster, his words and actions were practically magical.
I drove away from that dumpster feeling blessed, really blessed. During this time in my life when things were uncertain and frustrating, this experience has lasted in my mind–a moment when I felt keenly God was aware of little, dirty, almost dumpster diving, me.
“A loving Savior was sending me a most personal and timely message of comfort and reassurance”- David Bednar
Sometimes it is during our lowest, lows when we feel like we’re hanging over the dumpster of life that God gives us a tender mercy. A mercy meant just for us. A mercy so timely and so full of love, there is no doubt it is from God.
“The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.”- Psalms 145:9
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