We see so many things in the world getting thrown away or just getting pushed to the side or just not getting used anymore. Once something is used when we want something new. How about a horseshoe? It is used to protect the horse’s hooves from wearing down. We think about how dirty it gets. Its is stepped on all day, taken in water, mud and who knows what else. It doesn’t hurt the horse to have this on but it really helps them.
I think about how many people just think, oh it’s just a horseshoe and once it gets used there is no more purpose for it. If we take it, and wash it up and clean it really well, then we are able to take that horseshoe that was once just something that was dirty and stepped on and we can use it to create something beautiful!!  One of my most favorite crosses that I have is made out of horseshoes! It is so beautiful.
 As I was thinking about it, it made me think of us as humans. Maybe we do have a past that makes us feel dirty, or we are doing things that hurt us, or maybe we feel like we have been stepped on, or maybe we feel like we made too many mistakes for God to use us or to save us but that is not true at all. God sees us as we are. He sees us and he overlooks the dirty or messiness in our lives and picks us up and loves us just the way we are.  He sees deep down and sees the beauty within us.
 As we allow him to set us free from the chains and we allow him to work in our hearts he starts to clean us up and he makes us into something beautiful. God never leaves us the same way he found us. He loves us that much, that no matter what we did or what we have been through he still loves us and longs to have a relationship with us.
 We are made new in Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, Therefore, If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come; The old has gone, the new is here.
Once we allow Christ into our lives and chose to follow him he takes away the old and makes us new. He loves us so much that he will use everything for the good. God still wants to use us. Could you imagine if we saw others and even ourselves the way God sees us? Oh, how our world would change. So what are we waiting for? God is there waiting for you with his arms wide open saying come, my child, I will wipe away the dirt and make you into something beautiful!! 
Pastor Amber Shestak lead pastor of Fairbury of Assembly of God church