The Junk­yard Ge­nius

Sun.Star Pampanga - - OPINOIOPNINION -

One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see! John 9:25 Noah Pu­ri­foy be­gan his work as an “as­sem­blage” artist with three tons of rub­ble sal­vaged from the 1965 ri­ots in the Watts area of Los An­ge­les. From bro­ken bi­cy­cle wheels and bowl­ing balls to dis­carded tires and dam­aged TV sets— things no longer us­able— he and a colleague cre­ated sculp­tures that con­veyed a pow­er­ful mes­sage about peo­ple be­ing treated as “throw-aways” in mod­ern so­ci­ety. One jour­nal­ist re­ferred to Mr. Pu­ri­foy as “the junk­yard ge­nius.”

In Je­sus’s time, many peo­ple con­sid­ered those with dis­eases and phys­i­cal prob­lems as sin­ners be­ing pun­ished by God. They were shunned and ig­nored. But when Je­sus and His dis­ci­ples en­coun­tered a man born blind, the Lord said his con­di­tion was not the re­sult of sin, but an oc­ca­sion to see the power of God. “While I am in the world, I am the light of the world” (John 9:5). When the blind man fol­lowed Je­sus’s in­struc­tions, he was able to see.

God takes our bro­ken lives and shapes us into His new cre­ations. When the re­li­gious au­thor­i­ties ques­tioned the man, he replied sim­ply, “One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!” (v. 25).

Je­sus is still the great­est “junk­yard ge­nius” in our world. We are all dam­aged by sin, but He takes our bro­ken lives and shapes us into His new cre­ations. Lord, I thank You to­day for Your amaz­ing grace!

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