I love to decorate. It’s a bit of a hobby for me. To walk into a room in anyone’s home is a walk into dreamland. If it’s beautifully decorated or in need of much help, either way, I’m happy. I can look for new ideas or imagine what I would do if given the chance. I love to decorate.
Our first home was owned by a bachelor with hideous taste and no desire for maintenance. By the time we moved in, the grass (weeds, actually) in the backyard had grown about two feet, the carpet was full of fleas and the refrigerator was in need of sandblasting. But we were young and excited about having our first home. The day the contract was to be signed, but before the keys were handed over, I was at the house washing the windows. It was all I could do without keys, but at least it was something. I was so anxious to begin the work of complete restoration.
God loves to decorate. God has to decorate. Let Him live long enough in a heart, and that heart will begin to change. Portraits of hurt will be replaced by landscapes of grace. Walls of anger will be demolished and shaky foundations restored. God can no more leave a life unchanged than a mother can leave a child’s tear untouched. . . .
This might explain some of the discomfort in your life. Remodeling of the heart is not always pleasant. We don’t object when the Carpenter adds a few shelves, but He’s known to gut the entire west wing. He has such high aspirations for you. God envisions a complete restoration. He won’t stop until He’s finished. . . . He wants you to be just like Jesus. ~Max Lucado, Just Like Jesus
I understand God’s love of decorating. But I’ve found I sometimes get very nervous in the midst of a project. You know the state, when everything is in disarray and the mess is more than you feel you can take…yeah, that state of demolition.
I think I’m learning to not focus on the mess. When I do, I get my eyes off the final goal and wonder if it will ever be the beautiful vision I had at the beginning.
I’m so thankful God has the long view in mind. The vision is set. He knows exactly what He’s doing.
And I am sure that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on that day when Christ Jesus comes back again. ~Philippians 1:6
And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, in order that He might be the firstborn within a large family. ~Romans 8:27-29