The Musings of Bek Curtis

One Mans Trash…

Posted by on Aug 20, 2013 in Musings | 2 comments

One Mans Trash…

I have a thing for other people’s trash.
Council clean-ups, curb burglar-ing, a killer eBay bargain, they’re all up my alley.

You know the old adage, ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’?
I live this!

It is a regular occurrence for my husband to be calmly driving along, only to be scared out of his wits as I frantically scream at him from the passenger seat, to: “STOP THE CAR!!!”.

I then have to sheepishly explain that no, we are not in mortal danger, I am just slightly excited as I have spotted my latest treasure.
Once his pulse has returned to within normal range, the ensuing conversation is ALWAYS the same. He questions my sanity in collecting rubbish and I describe the beauty that I know I can unveil in my new piece. There may also be teeniest of tiny possibilities that he is also questioning how long the ‘treasure’ will sit in our garage while it awaits its transformation. A side issue really.

So whilst spending the last hour starting the process of ‘up-cycling’ a gorgeous timber children’s chair that I ‘rescued’ from a council clean-up, I have pondered why someone would throw away something so precious.

As I’ve sanded off the dodgy lacquer and stain, and applied the first coat of new paint, I was reminded of something…
If I look at trash and I see beauty, how much more does God look at His astounding creation and see the royalty He intended?

If I, through sanding back and painting over what others have deemed as trash, can draw out of it beauty and charm, how much more can God draw out of us the beauty that has been cast aside, covered up or even completely discarded as trash?
Not only does He draw out, enhance and perfect that beauty, He makes an entirely new creation in the process!

If you are feeling ‘trashed’, cast aside, roughed up, forgotten or left by the curb, there is no better place to run than into the arms of God!

His sanding is gentle.
His brush strokes are light.
He already sees you as a finished product.
He sees beauty.
-Bek Curtis



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  1. brett Fish anderson

    Absolutely. Love it. My wife, tbV [aka the beautiful Val] has also rescued chairs like that [when we were in Oakland] and created beautiful things and also made a cool bookshelf for our lounge simply out of old wine crates – good message to be reminded of frequently.

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