More Than Trash

photo by Hunter Folsom

photo by Hunter Folsom

Have you ever felt like you are worthless, like trash to just be tossed away? 

Most women, including myself, have felt this emotion at some point in their life. Whether it was through lack of success in something, the way they look, or the way a guy treated them, feeling worthless has become a constant — and ironic — theme in the Instagram-picture-perfect society we now live in. I know this has been touched on in other posts lately, but I wanted to take a different perspective.

I learn a lot of my most powerful lessons through God’s wonderful creation of animals. I am in love with all animals (except pigs. Not a fan, but that’s another story). 

The top of all the animals, for me, though, is by far the horse. I work at a horse farm where we give lessons year-round, host summer camps, and run events. My first week on the job, we had a horse slash his eye. He is possibly the most well-tempered, hard-working horse I have ever worked with, and the current owners at the time just wanted to put the horse down, thinking he was useless. 

That got me thinking, how many times do people deem us useless, want to put us down (metaphorically), because we are unable to be “normal.” Society today points out weaknesses and deems them unfit for function in this world. When in reality, God is telling us exactly the opposite: we are weak but He is strong. 

That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 
2 Corinthians 12:10

We decided to save this horse. Even though he may be weak now due to his now impaired vision, he is also strong because he trusts us to function as his extra eye. This horse has allowed us to teach him how to navigate the world with only one eye. It’s a beautiful picture of the way our Father guides us. When we have weakness, when we lose an eye, He is there to make us strong. He is there to show us the new way of living. 

The bottom line: you are not trash, my dear sister in Christ. You are a beautiful, strong, and purposeful daughter of God. Do not let anyone throw you away. Even more so, do not throw yourself away. Let God show you how the world can be experienced through His eyes. Trust Him, and your weakness will become a strength to give Him glory.

JesseRuth Parrish // @parrish.jesseruth