By Janet Denison
I spent the morning filling bags with clothing other people could wear. It felt great to hand bags to Salvos and drive home knowing my closet would be a little easier to navigate in the days ahead.
As the seasons change, there is something fulfilling about bringing some of that change into our surroundings as well. A few years ago we remodelled our master bath. I have to admit I got tired of the mess before the job was finished. But every day I walk into my remodelled surroundings and I'm glad we went to the expense and effort of getting it done.
Some changes are easy and quick ways to improve life. Others can be tough and require a little more patience and endurance. Occasionally change is drastic and painful. One thing is certain: change is going to happen for our entire lives.
I'm a big fan of_shows like House Rules. It amazes me to watch an old, smelly, rundown home become new again. In reality it takes months, but on television it only takes moments.
He is building a palaceI think that can parallel our lives; how we view them versus how God views them. We see our lives in seasons, or one room at a time. God can see the entirety of our lives as the finished product. They might look like a torn up mess, but He already sees the full remodel revealed.
I recently found a quote by C.S. Lewis that painted a picture of change I hope to remember:"Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself." (Mere Christianity).
Each of us is a fixer upper and God purchased us anyway. Some lives need more work than others, but all of us need more work than we realized. Our master "remodeller" is the perfect contractor who brings in the right workers at the right time.
We would like for our lives to be a "quick fix" but it will take a lifetime to turn us into the final product God has in mind.
So, the next time change comes our way, let us try to see it from God's point of view. He is building us into a palace for Jesus to live within.
Paul wrote, "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,for you were bought with a price" (1 Corinthians 6:19–20).
God was compassionate enough to purchase our lives even though He knew we would take aof remodelling. We might be cottages now, but our final blueprint is for that palace!
Look around your . Do you have closets, rooms or even floor plans that need some remodelling? Invite the "Great Contractor" into your life, even if He is carrying a sledgehammer. It will be worth it in the end.•