Manufacturer's Defect?

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

The telltale squeak from my vacuum emitted a slug to my gut.  My vacuum is my all-time favorite cleaning tool.  I've been known the suck the crumbs off a chair and finish off with an arc to pull down a cobweb.  I am a Jedi housecleaning warrior with my vacuum hose as my light saber.

My vacuum just could not break.  Without it, I'm forced to use my broom.  Being a Jedi warrior is an adventure.  Using my broom is more like being a cleaning witch.  I immediately wondered what was in the warranty.  If possible, I would return my defective vacuum.

Today I am reading Psalm 36.  David opens this chapter by discussing the traits of a life alienated from God.  After this grim picture, David paints the bridge from our poor decisions without God and the joy of a life with God.  The bridge is love.  God's love reaches to the heavens and it reaches each of us. 

I thought about my vacuum.  If I knew it would break a few years after purchase, I would make a different buying decision.  Defective merchandise is always returned to the store.

I was defective merchandise yet God purchased me with the highest price - His Son.  I was defective not at the hand of my Manufacturer but in the heart of my merchandise.  God made the necessary repairs with His own hands and funded them with His grace and mercy. 

Jesus, when You purchased me it was a no-return transaction.  In my messy life, there are broken parts and pieces.  Help me extend Your warranty of love.  In the hands of the Manufacturer, my life goes from defective to effective.


  1. Hi Shannon - excellent analogy
    God bless

  2. What a great visual, Shannon!
    Thank you for sharing!

  3. Tracy and Stefanie, always blessed when you visit!

  4. Shannon, this is lovely. Would that we all realize the brokenness and diversity in one another the way God does.
    Thank you for shedding your light.


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