Remodeling reflections… day 2
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers & sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God- this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12: 1-2
Be transformed… be changed… be remodeled by the Master Craftsman. On this second day of reflecting on remodeling, I have 3 truths to share that God made clear to me as I watched our kitchen redo unfold.
Remodeling happens on God’s time-line. In November, we added our name to the waiting list of a particular Amish builder. Then we waited & waited & waited… Finally, word came that our cabinet time had come but as far as our schedule was concerned, the timing was not good. The cabinets were due to be installed a couple of weeks after I had to be home for surgery recovery. Instead of being able to do what I wanted to do to get the job done, I had to rely on others to paint, take out the cabinets, and all the other hundreds of details that needed to be done. When God works in our lives, the timing isn’t according to what we want. God doesn’t run ahead of his schedule nor does he run behind… his timing is perfect.
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness.” 2 Peter 3:9
When God remodels us, it can get messy. Every item in the kitchen had to be removed and carried into the spare bedroom and dining room. In the process, some items were thrown out. The worst I found was a box of microwave popcorn best before 2009! When God does his work in us, he cleans out and sometimes removes items we have carried around for far too long. Yes, the process can get very messy as he asks us to deal with things we would rather avoid, but in the end we are much better for it and more Christ-like.
Remodeling is costly. We were gifted with a certain amount of money so we decided to match it and add in a little more to get the redo started. 300 trips to Lowe’s later… and that is only a slight exaggeration… we more than doubled what we thought we would be out.
God’s remodel in our lives is costly… beginning with the highest price that he paid for us… his Son’s life. The cost we pay often comes in the currency of pain, sorrow, and waiting. Yet just as my remodel is costing far beyond what I had planned, the results are worth it. Over the last year, God has led me down a path that I would have much rather have avoided for it has broken my heart, caused stress, and made many tears flow down my face… yet… I have grown closer to God and stronger in my faith in this last year than in any other one year period.
Lord, just as my kitchen remodel has been on a timeline not my choosing, very messing, and more costly than I had planned, so is your work of transforming my life. I’m so thankful for a God who takes us in and accepts us just as we are but then doesn’t leave us there but instead remodels us to make us more Christ-like. The end result is worth the process so thank you, Lord, for doing your work in me even when I don’t enjoy what it takes. Give me the strength! Build my faith! Be my joy even when the circumstances are tough! Amen!