By Sandy Kirby Quandt
Besides writing his Code of Silence novels and newly released Super Husband, Super Dad, my writer-friend, Tim Shoemaker, wrote a book entitled, Smashed Tomatoes, Bottle Rockets and Other Outdoor Devotionals You Can Do With Your Kids.
Several years ago, at the Colorado Christian Writers Conference, Tim gave a devotional talk based on smashed tomatoes.
Now, you need to understand, Tim doesn’t just speak his devotions. He demonstrates them, as well. Dry ice and hot dogs? Toilet paper and leaf blower?
So…if he is speaking about smashed tomatoes, you can bet there will be some ripe tomatoes that meet up with a mallet of some sort. 🙂
I’m going to loosely interpret Tim’s devotional in this post. It won’t be word for word, so you should check out his wonderful books to hear straight from him!
Tim compares our lives to smashed tomatoes. He points out that even though God is in control and has a plan for our lives, we mess up sometimes. That’s when we might feel like a smashed tomato.
Not good for a whole lot.
But even when we do mess up, God isn’t finished with us. He doesn’t throw us away like…well…a smashed tomato.
During his devotion, Tim challenged us to think of the different things we could make out of smashed tomatoes.
People mentioned salsa, tomato sauce, tomato juice…I’m sure you can come up with your own list of delicious things created from a few smashed tomatoes.
Those things require the tomatoes be rearranged. Broken. Re-purposed. Changed. Transformed.
You getting a picture here?
Tim pointed out that things such as salsa, don’t come ready-made. Lots of things had to fit into place before those ripe tomatoes become the salsa on our chips.
Same with our lives. In God’s hands, our smashed tomatoes can become something good.
Speaking as Sandy here, when we get smacked with the mallet of life, and our dreams are crushed, we make decisions we should never have made, our bodies are broken or our strength is almost gone, we would do well to reconsider our situation. We need to never lose sight of the fact God’s still in the middle of our muddle.
Despite what we may believe, in his loving, gracious eyes, to God we are worthy.
If we let him, Jesus can take the broken pieces and rearrange them. He can re-purpose them.
If we let him, Jesus can take our mess and make something useful out of it.
If we let him, he can transform us into someone he can use to complete his work here on this earth.
Feeling like a smashed tomato? Might I make a suggestion? Hand the pieces over to Jesus.
What are your thoughts on the subject?
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)
I wish you well.
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