In English the word “dump” has many meanings, most of which conjure thoughts of things not very nice.
However, near my home in Munakata City, Japan, there is a garbage dump; more appropriately, a refuse disposal facility called “Eco Park,” but I like the word dump. And this is not any old hole in the ground where big trucks bury piles of nasty garbage baking in the sun. Oh no, this is truly worth describing. In fact, visiting this place actually makes me happy!
First if all, I am the kind of person who loves to get rid of stuff we don’t need. Part of me just loves to give stuff away, and the other side is that I am the polar opposite of a pack rat. I simply don’t like clutter or rooms that have no space, and I despise not being able to find what I’m looking for when I need it, especially in a hurry.
The second reason I love going to the dump is this. It is spotless! It is much more than a typical dump, however. It is a recycle center as well as place for burnable garbage. The compound is comprised of several separate buildings, each one receiving only a certain type of garbage.
First I drive onto a giant scale where the vehicle is weighed full of the trash brought. They annotate the weight and take note of what kind of trash you are bringing. At this point a small map is given as to what kind of trash goes to the corresponding building.
There is a building for glass and steel, an area for used furniture and carpets, and my absolute favorite area: the incinerator! After triggering a lightning fast automatic door which whooshes open, you drive in, back up your car and several workers come running out from nowhere it seems. Usually I am the only vehicle present. The workers assist in taking the items out of my car where it is sorted into the right place. No debris on the floor, no smells, no mess. Amazing. It is like a giant roller rink with happy workers in hard hats. Why they wear hard hats though, I don’t understand. Maybe it comes with the uniform.
So after going to each building where the workers happily received each type of trash (almost like a gift it would seem, with a smile and a can-do attitude), I make my way to the scale where my car is weighed and I then pay the amount owed. The system is like clockwork and is very efficient. Good bye garbage, but see you soon garbage dump!
Is there a lesson to be learned from the dump? Absolutely!
1. God does not weigh our garbage. Sin is sin, and burdens are burdens no matter how big or small. He simply receives them and in fact desires to take them from you.
“Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.‘ “ Matthew 11:28 NLT
2. Jesus will never charge you for taking your burden, as they do at the dump. You do not owe anything in fact because He paid the price of our load once for all and for all time.
3. Once you leave your load with him, he either carries it or if it is sin you are leaving behind, he burns it up for good.
“I–yes, I alone–will blot out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again.” Isaiah 43:25 NLT
The best part about the dump is that I never have to go back and pick up the garbage I left behind. I don’t want it — that is why I took it there in the first place! Once we leave our burden or trash with God, don’t go back and pick it up or poke around it to see if there is something there you might want after all.
“All you who fear the LORD, trust the LORD! He is your helper and your shield.” Psalm 115:11 NLT
Dump it, forget it, trust God, move on. Regularly take your burdens to God but don’t forget to bring your praise and thanksgiving in the process 🙂