Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Available 1.32 Acres
We met in a parking lot near the Arts District and walked down the street, praying and discussing vacant lots, empty buildings, and potential. I snapped this picture on one of the vacant lots. (And yes, my apologies to those of you blanketed in feet of snow... it WAS as gorgeous as that picture implies!) One of the things I just don't get about Southern Nevada is that when a building is no longer in use, they tear it down. They clear the lot, and leave a gaping hole with a For Sale sign. The rest of the country (at least where I've lived) tries to sell the property WITH the building on it, but, in general, not here.
This is one of those properties. It's bare. Gravel and dirt, with flecks of worn glass, crumbling walls, and bits of trash. It's hopeless; at least that's how it feels. What was there is long gone, and all that's left is a scar on the landscape. A blight. Something ugly and abandoned.
But the sign on this particular lot doesn't say "For Sale." It says "Available." 1.32 acres available for something to happen. Ready to be purchased and developed. It could be a park. It could be a grocery store. It could be a restaurant, a copy shop, a bar, a pet store, a hotel. The possibilities are endless. Someone is going to see that "Available" and move on it. They're going to redeem their hard-earned cash for 1.32 worn out acres and are going to build something on it that will be their passion and their hope and their way of impacting the city of Las Vegas.
It makes me think... Aren't we, so often, like that bare land? We are razed down, crumbled, completely destroyed. All that's left are a few tears and the thought that maybe something will change in the future. Maybe we've given up all hope. But maybe we've put out our "Available" sign. We don't know WHAT we're available for yet, but we're ready. We're ready for hopes and dreams and for a future.
That's where God enters. Jesus sees the sign that says, "Available, one broken human soul" and He redeems us, not with cash, but with His own life. He sees us and says "THAT life, the one that has nothing left? The one that feels like giving up?? THAT life is the one I love, the one I want. The one I dare to love recklessly."
Friends, I don't care how beat up and broken and discouraged we feel. I don't care if we're feeling high on life. However we're feeling, whatever we're doing, Jesus is looking for that "Available" sign in our lives. For us to simply think, "Maybe there's more than what I see here." It's why He came. It's why He sent Sought Church to Downtown Las Vegas. It's because He wants us, more than anything in the world.
You are sought by Him. You are wanted. Are you available?