Divine Decisions Part 5

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Converting Grief to Joy

Everything around us is converted. The metal chair y are sitting on is converted from iron ore in the ground. Glass used to be silica and rock, mixed together. Cement was crushed rock and now is converted into a building.

Conversion is life. Everything around us was in one lower form and through some conversion process it became something greater. That is the secret of life. God’s design is conversion. In fact, His highest design is conversion.

Look at things. Stop by a roadside fruit stand. Get an orange and peel the rind off. We can eat an orange and drink the juice from it without any fear of contamination. How does that pure, wonderful juice get into this orange? An orange tree is really a conversion machine. The rain falls on the ground around it and it is muddy. It can be filled with bacteria, microbes and all kinds of junk, soaking into the ground along with fertilizer and other things.

God created the roots of this tree to absorb this and through some kind of process; what was once dirty and possibly fatal if you drank it from the ground is converted into pure orange juice that we can drink without fear. The juice came from filthy dirty puddles of water.

Think about the plants on the median strips of the highways. Cars give off carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. Trees actually take in that kind of deadly vapor and exchanges or converts it to pure oxygen. Almost everything God creates that is living is actually a conversion machine.

Look at a cow. A cow goes out in the pasture and eats unsanitary grass that has worms and bugs on it. It eats, chews, and then swallows it. The cow is a ruminant and has four compartments in its stomach. It brings the grass into the first compartment and burps it back up. It adds digestive juices and mixes them in and then brings it back up; and puts some more digestive juices and saliva and mixes it around. Then it comes up. It does this four times. It puts more digestive juices and pushes a little bit and it becomes the milk you drank this morning.

Look at the water we drink. Pure, fresh water comes from the salty ocean. Water is separated from the salt through a conversion process that God designed. Water is evaporated and taken up into the clouds. Clouds gather it and it is packed up with this vapor. The cloud then rises. When it hits the mountains, changes elevation, it precipitates. The rain/moisture comes down in droplets and hits the surface of the earth. It then waters other conversion machines like plants and fruit trees that produce fruits, flowers and vegetables. It goes through those plants and into aquifers and other filtering systems.

We then pump the water out and it is pure, fresh water. It started with the salty ocean.

God’s DNA, God’s modus operandi, God’s thumbprint, God’s way, is that He designs things to be a conversion process. His highest design is conversion and not just with plants, animals, and rain, but He does that with people.

God will often not only take water, but a dirty life like mine and convert it. It is called the conversion of a sinner to a saint; or taking a person whose life was soiled by poor decisions and turns it into a redeemed life.

It is His DNA, His character to convert people. God takes great pleasure in seeing people converted. That is why the Bible says when one person receives Christ and his life is converted, all of the angels rejoice in heaven.