I’ve been on a crazy kick lately—refinishing furniture.
My journey started with a few little picture frames. I took plain dollar store frames and embellished them with bits of broken jewelry, lace, scrapbook elements and other antique-y (yes, it’s a word) items I unearthed at garage sales.
I quickly moved on to bigger and bulkier crafting. (Just ask my husband how much room all this takes in our garage!)
The latest find? A solid wood nightstand at Canton Trade Days, a HUGE flea market, garage sale, craft show kind of thing held one weekend a month. Even as I opened one drawer to see if it still had runners, the vendor had rushed to my side eager to unload his final piece of furniture. The tag read $8.00, but the man begged me to take it off his hands for only $5.00—primarily so he wouldn’t have to haul it back home. I was only more than glad to oblige.
Here’s the before pic of this particular piece.
I teamed it up with two other pieces I already had in my garage to make a matched set—adorable for any bedroom.
I sanded, then primed, then painted turquoise, then painted black and wiped much of it off, then sealed with polyurethane, then added the much cuter drawer pulls. (See how it kinda winks at you?) Voila! Shabby chic at its best!
But even as I worked on these pieces, I thought about how much work God has to do on me.
- He sands: He gently removes parts of me that don’t fit with his plan for my life. But sometimes that grit—bad habits, negative thoughts, sour attitudes—doesn’t want to be removed, and it refuses to go gently. Still, he perseveres, slowly sanding away all the yuck to make me look more like Jesus.
- He paints. God has gifted each of us uniquely to accomplish his perfect will for our lives. What? Did you think he would call you without equipping you? Of course not. He endowed you with special abilities, a unique personality and specific talents, and he wants to use each of those to further his kingdom.
- He finishes. Our loving Father knows us intimately. He sees our frailty. He understands our weaknesses. He empathizes with any confusion and sorrow we encounter in this life. He longs to have us join him in adopting an eternal perspective that allows us to focus less on the here and now and more on what’s to come. And so he gently admonishes when necessary. He rejoices with our triumphs. He aches for us in our times of trial. He disciplines. He redirects. He challenges.
Just like my furniture here. He doesn’t leave us in our original state—ugly, unwanted, leftover. Instead, he sees the beauty inside. He knows he can restore us, give us new life, make us more like Christ. I love the image of this transformation from 2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”
Are you allowing him to do that? If not, why not? Maybe it’s time for God to begin his DIY makeover in your life.