This old plastic weather vane is not an antique, not in good shape, and on its own has no real value. Parts had been broken and repairs made in a fashion typical of a man who grew up during the Great Depression. A portion of the broken mast had been repaired with a hose clamp and section of hose recovered from who-knows-what. The broken base had simply had another nail added in a place that was not intended to have one. Through all this the vane had stood its ground on the shop roof and reliably pointed into the wind for many years. It had been my Dad's, and now it is mine. It is valuable now not because of what it is, but because of whose it was.
After some pondering and looking around my little barn I found an old license plate, a scrap of rubber matting, and a handful of nuts and bolts. I then set out making repairs. In a fashion that demonstrates that the 'apple doesn't fall far from the tree', I drilled some holes in the base, bolted the base to a properly formed discarded license plate through the rubber mat, and nailed the whole thing to the roof. There it stands, tall and straight once again, pointing true for all who take the time to look.
There are a lot a parallels to me in that old weather vane.
Like that old broken vane, I have no lasting value on my own. I am starting to 'show my age', I am broken, I am dirty, and left to myself in that state I can't do that which I am created to do. I know with certainty, however, that I will not be counted as a worthless thing and be cast away.
Rom. 5:8 (NIV) But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.
I am loved - cherished - by my Father in Heaven. I am precious because I am His. In spite of my brokenness, what I cannot do, what I have or have not done, or how little worth the rest of the world sees in me. He is my Heavenly Father and He loves me no matter my condition.
I did not leave Dad's old weather vane broken and sitting on a bench in the barn. Like that old vane, because God loves me, He will not leave me in a damaged condition either.
I Pet.5:10 (NIV) After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.
Because I have given myself to Him, He will restore me. He will make me whole and useful again. My broken things will be made new and my dirty things will be made clean. I will, once again, be fit to do that which I have created to do.
And like that vane, what I was created to do is a pretty simple thing. That weather vane was created to point. Specifically, it was created to point into the wind. It does not make the wind, it does not choose the direction from which the wind will blow nor how hard or gentle will be the breeze. I was created to point to Jesus. Not to be Jesus, or determine how He will interact with His creation, nor choose how easy or difficult will be the times. I am simply created to point toward Him, and in His love He has restored me and equipped me to that purpose.
Matt. 28:18 (NIV) And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
Whenever I see that old weather vane on my barn, I will remember my Dad and the legacy of Godliness he left for me. And I will remember my Heavenly Father and His saving grace that restored me to His purpose.
Thanks, Mom. Once again, I am blessed.