I love seeing the befores and afters with HGTV’s renovations. They seem so quick and, ok it looks like hard work, but, how hard can it be? Well, now that I’m neck deep in renovating our thrashed rental I can tell you it is neck breaking, back breaking and heart breaking. Yes, I am being a drama queen. When I am weary my thoughts and mood turn to the dark side. But, I must say, through my scrapping, spackling, hole-filling I have had some awesome conversations with God. Starting with a conversation Jesus had with religious leader Nicodemas in his day. Jesus told Nic if he ever wanted to make it into God’ s kingdom he would have to be born again. His basic genetic code was not Kingdom friendly. He needed a rebirth. A makeover.
God starts the process with a basic rewiring by implanting His Holy Spirit when we acknowledge we are totally unable to reach God’s standards of perfection and accept His substitute payment, His Son, Jesus, as our qualifying certificate. I have done that. I have downloaded the Holy Spirit but that is just the intro. My foundation is Jesus but I know I am still a hot mess with dings, and garbage and graffitti written on the walls of my mind and heart. The Bible says I am a new creation in Christ Jesus ( 2 Corinthians 5:17) but God uses our hard times to knock down the rough edges James 1) and His Word, the Bible, to get our thinking straight (1Peter2:2). So, back to our house reno, I am patching dings, filling holes, sanding and smoothing surfaces and through my tears I hear the Holy Spirit say this is what He is doing in my life right now. Just as I struggle with the awesome vision of one day having a wonderful, strong and amazing home, He is working together everything in my life for my good (Romans 8:28). In Jeremiah 29:11-13 God says “I have good plans for you, not plans to hurt you. I will give you hope and a good future. Then you will call my Name. You will come to Me and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will search for Me. And when you search for Me with all your heart, you will find Me!” Such good news for this one in need of repair!