We’ve been searching for one for about two years now and this opportunity came as a great deal over Christmas.
Everything was finalized on Valentine’s Day and then….
the real work started.
The house has wallpaper in every room but two. LOTS of wallpaper. Wallpaper with two borders and various different patterns.
Most of my evenings and lunchbreaks have been spent peeling wallpaper. It’s a slow, laborious project – and as I sit with a spray bottle and scraper in hand, I think about God.
Yeah, I know. What does God have to do with wallpaper?
Well, I guess the wallpaper has more to do wtih us than God. You see, taking down wallpaper reminded me of God’s refining work in our lives.
God peels back the layers of our sin to get to the heart of us. Some pieces slide off easily – we freely give them up to the Lord. Some pieces need a little extra pull, tug, or vinegar-water mixture – but then they’re off too.
But then there are those extra sticky parts of our lives. The sins that seem glued to the very framework of our souls. The secret desires. The besetting sin. The craving.
Those take work from the Carpenter of our Souls.
Through circumstances, trials, and the work of other people, God scrapes away at our sin until he reaches the wall. And like most walls after the wallpaper has been removed, it needs some major repair.
Christ sweeps in and patches up the holes with his love and mercy. Places the puddy of his grace in the broken places. And seals the wall with the promise made in His blood.
Wallpaper reminds me of Jesus.
And how much I REALLY never want to have to peel it again.
But praise God, He doesn’t give up on me as quickly as I want to give up on my project.
And when He’s all done – the end result will be ‘out of this world’ 🙂