The ‘After’ Shot: Being Made New

 

Recently I’ve dabbled in a new hobby—flipping furniture. Typically when you flip something you plan to sell it in order to make a profit. So far, I’ve kept everything I’ve done. Instead, it’s turned into a cheap way for me to redecorate.

turquoise distressed dresserI love the concept of taking something old and ugly, and transforming it into something new and beautiful; giving new life to a worn out piece of furniture. In my search for potential projects, I’ve been {pleasantly} surprised by what others consider rubbish; like the perfectly fine dresser I found on the curb sitting in the pouring rain.

I’ve considered replacing some of my old furniture with something new, perhaps, something more mature. {I still use the same bedroom furniture my parents bought me when I was 13.} But I just can’t pull the trigger. Instead, I opt to freshen things up with a little bit of sanding and painting. By now, I’ve completed a few projects – 2 night stands, 3 dressers and 1 table. {You could say I’ve been a little happy with my paint brush, lately.} The cool thing is I’ve given my master bedroom a complete makeover with hardly spending a dime.

You know those amazing side-by-side ‘before’ and ‘after’ pics that people take of their projects? The ones that make you go — WOW!!! Well, I don’t do those. I wish I did, but I’m either lazy or in too much of a hurry. I can’t decide which one. I take an ‘after’ picture of my completed project, but I don’t care too much about the ‘before’ shot. I like to simply appreciate the refurbished piece in its own right separate from its previous condition. To me, it’s new…

My thoughts deepen and these sweet words rise to the surface…

…”anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

 Anyone who has experienced the life-altering love of Christ understands exactly what these words mean. If you haven’t experienced it, then know that it’s real and know that you can experience it, if you believe and trust in Him.

To be honest, I don’t like to think about the person I was before He got ahold of me. I was almost 19 and there’s just too much “ugly”, if you know what I mean. When I finally got tired of running in the other direction, God {with great mercy} reached down and picked me up . He rehabilitated my empty heart and changed me from lost and discarded to accepted and loved.

When you allow God to fill your heart, you begin moving forward from that moment of surrender.  The old life has passed. There is no ‘before’. A new life has begun. There is only the ‘after’.

He can breathe life into your heart. He can rehabilitate you. He can transform you into something new and beautiful…if you let Him. He says, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” (Revelations 3:20)*

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So, open the door. Hold it wide open and let His Light flood the deepest recesses of your heart. Let Him take up residence in you and begin the transformation process. It will take time, but when you begin to seek Him {through His Word and through prayer} He will begin to sand off your rough edges and make you into something beautiful.

 

Image credit:

Wiltsie Bridge (turquoise dresser)

Seardig Photography (distressed door)


*Although this was originally spoken in reference to the unworthy members of a little church of early believers in Asia Minor, it passes far beyond them and the ‘anyone’ referred to in this scripture warrants us extending it out to humanity, and in believing that wherever there is a closed heart there is a knocking Christ, and that all men are lightened by that Light which came into the world (source: MacLaren’s Expostions of Holy Scripture).

 

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