One of the dads in our home school support group posted this to our elist, and I think it's a great reminder.
The next time you feel like GOD can't use YOU, just remember...
Noah was a drunk
Abraham was too old
Isaac was a daydreamer
Jacob was a liar
Leah was ugly
Joseph was abused
Moses had a stuttering problem
Gideon was afraid
Sampson had long hair and was a womanizer
Rahab was a prostitute
Jeremiah and Timothy were too young
David had an affair and was a murderer
Elijah was suicidal
Isaiah preached naked
Jonah ran from God
Naomi was a widow
Job went bankrupt
John the Baptist ate bugs
Peter denied Christ
The Disciples fell asleep while praying
Martha worried about everything
The Samaritan woman was divorced, more than once
Zaccheus was too small
Paul was too religious
Timothy had an ulcer... and
Lazarus was dead!
And this is really just a small list of examples from Scripture. I treasure that our God's business is redemption. He is the Expert at taking the dirty/ugly/unworthy and turning it into something for His glory.
I love snow, and I've been thinking lately on the fact that here is yet another example of God's redemptive work. From everything we know about the pre-Flood world, there was no snow. Talk about global climate change - the Flood brought it in a big way, including the arrival of snow. And the Flood came because of sin. Yet look at the beautiful example we have of God's creativity in the snowflake, and of His majesty in the beauty of freshly fallen snow. What an awesome Creator-Redeemer God!