And the walls come tumbling down
I have the ability to walk in a house that looks like the first picture and see it in my mind as the last picture.
It is something I have loved to do and we have done it many times. I am a restorer. I see the potential in something and I want to be a part of getting it there. I LOVE seeing the finished result.
Isn't that just like our Father? He looks down on creation and we look like the first picture. And yet, He sees all our potential... He sees us as the last picture. But just as it is in the physical world... it is in the spiritual world... it is a process. And the process takes time... often triple the amount of time estimated! And I have come to realize, over time, I don't like the process. I want to skip the second and third pictures and just jump to done.
As you can see, we attempted to pull down wall paper in the kitchen. It was on there like white on rice. The wall was coming off with the paper and well, we just didn't have time. We left two weeks after moving into this house to adopt our son. There were other important matters to tend to and so the walls were not totally stripped.
The kitchen walls are fine. The dinning room walls are fine. The bathroom walls are not. The bathrooms get hammered with steam each time someone showers. And our master bathroom doesn't even have a vent fan. So the steam sits in the air and festers. Over time, that constant attack of moisture is causing a mess.
Constant attacks on my walls are causing a mess.
I mentioned yesterday that I had easily identified six walls in my life that have not been completely stripped of paper. As I lied in bed last night, the 7th came to mind. How I overlooked it so easily is beyond me. Anger.
Here are my walls... six of them... the seventh I will keep to myself.
2. Quality Time
These are the sticky walls in my house that are affecting me greatly. As they affect me, they are affecting my relationships. And they have to come tumbling down. Forget stripping the paper... God is hammering at them... smashing them... He wants them down... gone... cleared out. After they are gone... there will be a wide open space for HIS presence to dwell in and flow from... nothing in His way... nothing blocking the view... no corners to dodge around... nothing blocking the light... nothing to hide behind. And honestly, I have always preferred open floor plans anyway! :0)
Do you have any walls in your life? Are they blocking anything? Are they dripping with a sticky mess as constant moisture penetrates the outside layer... revealing what is really lying beneath?
I invite you to take a look around your house. Be honest. Be real. Maybe God will speak to you as I share my remodel with you. That is why I share. My heart's desire and ministry is to encourage others to be real... to invite others to be real and to look for God in all of it. Life is not sunshine and lollipops all the time. But God is in it all. And as long as we continue to see Him and walk with Him and be real with Him through it all... we are transformed.
Amazingly, again, "Salvation" was on my calendar for discussion these last few days of November. It is a frustrating topic for me as so many people just receive salvation and think that is it. THAT is the prize... the gift... but there is so much more to this christian life than being saved! We are called to be transformed into His image and to die to ourselves and to our flesh and to our will and allow His holiness to flow through us. And the dying and the transforming is a process. It takes time. It takes sweat. It takes honesty. It takes sacrifice. It takes obedience and selflessness. And it takes faith.
Thank you for "sticking" with me during this time of dripping mess. I know all too well... He is in the process of making something beautiful.