It’s amazing what God does with spare parts.
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“There is one body and one Spirit– just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call– one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”
Ephesians 4:4-6 English Standard Version
Along the trail leading from our condo to Main Street in Park City was this out-of-place set of sculptures depicting fish. There was nothing to suggest that this was the place for these sculptures other than a small stream that ran nearby. Soccer fields, tennis courts and a skate park served as the backdrop for these odd-looking fish.
I took notice of these iron works because of their location. Having stopped to look at these fish, it didn’t take me long to figure out that they were fashioned from junked cars, tractors, and other formerly functioning vehicles; not the entire vehicle but only what was necessary to create the fish.
The parts had to be welded together since there was no logical reason for them to be connected to each another.
These sculptures are a picture of the body of Christ. There’s no clear reason for us to be welded into the community of God’s people, yet by grace we are Jesus’ body.
God the Father is supreme over this body.
God the Father is ever-present in this body.
God the Father is known in this body.
Planted in this world, our job is to be what God has created and redeemed us to be. We stand out in a world where we are surrounded by sin, destruction, and hatred. God calls us to be this body that others might see him.
Heavenly Father, you who work in and through your people, may we reflect the miracle of grace in your amazing sculpture, the church. Amen
Text and Picture copyright Douglas P Brauner