Poop, yes you read correctly. That is the title of my MOM's message this Sunday at church, POOP. She says it has something to do with Psalm 51:1-12. HUH? Has she lost her mind? Maybe. She asked me what I thought. Hummmm, about poop? Well it happens. I guess I do know a thing or two about poop.
Of course my friend Murphy is the King of Poop. But he was not available for consultation. I think he is applying for a job at a bank. Go HERE to find out why. If poop isn't your thing I will be throwing in some photos of my evening at the Fort with my friends.
While MOM was preparing for this POOP message she read about this really incredible coffee. Well first she read about the coffee first, then thought, "humm reminds me of the Gospel." Anyway this coffee, it sells for up to $300 a pound. You can buy it online by the ounce. Some places even sell it by the gram! What makes it the best? You won't believe it. Seems there is this cat in Sumatra. At night this cat eats coffee cherries and then later, well you know what happens. Then during the day the humans gather up the cat poop, wash it off and what you get is the best, most exotic, and most expensive coffee in the world. I think I might want to talk to Allred about a business venture.
But holy dogs, isn't it amazing how God works?! I mean think about it. What is honey? True it is the nectar of nature. But what is it really? Bee Poop. And what is that white paint made of that Geishas put on their face? Nightingale Poop. Oh and what do those yummy mushrooms grow in? Poop! And the best coffee in the world comes out of the south end of a cat.
And how about the Dove? Well there is no such thing. "Dove" is just a poetic name for a bird that many despise. A Dove is nothing more than a white Pigeon. Let's think about this. The symbol of the Holy Spirit is not a Falcon, or Eagle or even a Goose, but a "trash" bird. The Dove, and Honey, and Mushrooms are nothing more than the equivalent to Poop. The whole Gospel is based on the idea that what was Poop, becomes the best coffee in the world.
I guess that's why MOM calls Psalm 51:1-12 the Cat Poop Psalm. It's David's Psalm of repentance after he messed up his reputation and kingship with Bathsheeba. "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me... Restore to me the joy of your salvation..."
The Gospel is about the way in which what is most weak, despised, contemptible, in your life, can become, through the power of the Holy Spirit, what is most beautiful and radiant, and what can be most a blessing. We have a Cat Poop Gospel that says whatever there is poop in our lives, God can turn into treasure.
"Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin... wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow." What is the ugly in your life? You know the poop. God can turn it around and make it beautiful, an instrument for healing and blessing.
Just look what God did with the poop in the lives of these people: Moses was a murderer, he recycled his rage and hatred and became a great leader. David was an adulterer, he recycled his passion and became the greatest of kings. Easter was a harem girl, she recycled her sex appeal and saved the Jewish people. Peter was a boastful, swearing fisherman, he recycled his pride and became the rock upon which Christ built his church. Mary Magdalene was a woman of questionable reputation, she recycled her fallenness and became a saint. The list goes on and on and on, even right up to today, not just those way back then.
So what about you? What is the worst about you? Will you let God take what is stinky Poop in you and make the best cup of coffee the world has ever known?
Let me tell you what I know to be true, God grabs the pooper scooper and picks up each one of us and says, "Hey, I think I can use that! It's true. I have heard about it in my MOM's life and experienced it in my own.
Welp, I gotta go outside and... get a cup of coffee.