Man, do I love a good makeover.
I don’t care what kind. House, hair, furniture…take your pick. Even straight off the curb, if the picking’s ripe.
When the worn-out turns out wonderful it’s just plain cool. Why?
When I’m working on a restoration (of any sort) I think about God’s work in my life. I’m defective. He doesn’t cast me aside.
For he knows what we are made of;
He sees my frame and finds potential. He takes His Word to my life and sands down the rough spots. He fills what I lack with His very own goodness. He splashes color over me, then He applies ornaments of His grace.
He wrestles beautiful out of ugly. That’s why I like to do it, too.
By the time He’s done with me, I’ll be unrecognizable from the mess I am now. I like to bring that type of transformation to a project. There’s something very satisfying about changing something in an unexpected way.
When I haul some catastrophe home and rattle off to the hubster what that piece of junk is going to become, he just scrunches up his nose and says, “Sure, love.” But when I’ve stapled, glued, sanded, and painted to my heart’s content, he’s usually pleased with the end result and says something like, “Wow. I never would have thought of that, but it works!”
Don’t you think that’s how God renovates people? If God told us how we’d all end up we would never believe Him.
But He sees the end from the beginning and He has told us how we’re going to end up.
So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away – look, what is new has come!
2 Corinthians 5:17
That’s why Trash-to-Treasure projects suit me so well. When I create something new from junk, my appreciation for His work in me grows exponentially. My giddiness over a completed project helps me somehow comprehend Zephaniah 3:17,
He takes great delight in you;
he shouts for joy over you.
Just so you know, I don’t shout for joy or rejoice in singing over my repurposed-headboard-jewelry-sorter. Yikes, that’d be a bit much. But I do like it a lot because it came from my thoughts and my hands.
Doesn’t it make you happy to think that God views His handiwork in your life in a similar way?