Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.
Now I'm not one to be glued to a TV all day long BUT I will share that Nickelodeon, The Disney Channel, and HGTV have my heart when it comes to TV watching. It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve changed the channel from HGTV so I’m on renovation overload! In my head I can demo a room, plan a new lay out, decorate, and flip a house with ease. I also feel like I can guesstimate what houses are worth before and after renovations and pretty sure I can get someone to buy a house in just 3 sets of commercials.
Aside from being a renovating beast and learning all those things, HGTV has taught me a few things I just have to share with you to encourage you on this Jesus journey :) ready? Ok!
1) Expect some renovations to need complete demolition
Depending on the show you are watching some homes just need some cosmetic fixes while others need a complete overhaul to meet the homeowners needs and desires.
You may be in a season of your life where you are feeling completely gutted. Like everywhere you turn walls are being knocked down, drills are digging into the deepest depths of your feelings, and everything you once loved is being tossed into a giant dumpster. You have to remember that this is apart of the process. Some areas of your life may only need cosmetic fixes but there are other parts, those hidden places and even those that people know well, that must undergo a complete overhaul so that your foundation is rooted in God. With a firm foundation and removal of all past walls and issues that may hinder your walk in God you are free to walk into your next moment and receive everything that God has for you!
So if it seems like your life is falling apart remember sometimes demolition has to happen so renovation can occur. Expect for a restored, better than ever version of you to rise out of the heap.
2) Sometimes unexpected costs will come up
Homeowners surely become stressed out as they see their budget pushed to the limit. Unexpected expenses begin to rear their ugly heads. From mold to asbestos to faulty plumbing and foundation you never know what you’re going to get once you start removing the walls in this old house you’ve been living in.
It’s the same way for us as we go on this journey as a new creation in Christ. Here is the thing, God is fully
aware of all the mess that is happening behind the scenes, we just might be oblivious to it. So as God takes down some of our walls (defenses, negative coping skills, bad relationships, etc) other parts of our soul become bare. We start to see ourselves in a different light and it’s not always pretty. We start realizing things about ourselves that make us feel that the renovation wasn’t worth it after all. The call we have on our lives begins to show and we notice that we are going to have to walk away from other people, places, and things that are detrimental to our lives and the cost just doesn’t seem worth it.
But at the end of the day these unexpected things must be taken care of. You cannot walk into a new season without dealing with the very things that were pulling you into your addictions, depression, anxiety, unforgiveness, etc. The costs seem high but there’s a promise that it will all be worth it in the end!
3) You can't move forward until you get everything up to code
I’ve learned that when there is something that is not up to code in the house and the workers come across it they have to complete it in order to continue. When you’re working with the city for permits and the like you must follow the rules. Why? Because your safety is of the utmost importance.
You might feel like you’re on a hamster wheel circling round and round. You feel tired and you’re ready to move forward but for some reason you haven’t been able to…Maybe something isn’t up to code. Sit with God for a moment and see what He is trying to teach you in this moment. Ask what you need to learn where you are and what you need to move forward in your now. Don’t worry about tomorrow, just focus on what you can do in the very moment you are living in.
Once you get your life up to code He will release you!
4) Sometimes you can't see what the contractor can
Many of the homeowners will squint their eyes as they are looking at a bunch of wood beams and insulation. After a few moments of looking confused they say, “well we don’t see it but we trust you”.
We have to have that same type of faith with God. The Scripture tells us to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). We serve a God with a providential type love and care. He can see all the things we cannot. He can see what happened in the past and how that directly affects your now and future. He can also see what is to come. We have to trust that He knows the end results and that what He promised to deliver He will. So if you’ve been given a vision but still not sure how it’s going to work out…no worries. God does. Follow Him and you will surely be led there to see the final result. You’ll put your hand over your mouth and say, “It’s more than I could have ever expected.” =)
5) Stay out the way
Oh to the over involved homeowner getting on the last nerves of the real estate agent, contractor, or designer. Calm down. You said you trusted the Property Brothers to do the job so back up and let them do their job!
There are times that we come to God with full trust that He will do what He promised. But then in the middle of the process things begin to look messy. Now all of a sudden we show up everyday and try to do the work for Him. The issue with this is that when we are in the way God will gladly step back and let us work even though we are not qualified to properly complete the job. Your best bet is to lean on God’s understanding and allow Him to lead you. Only do what He has directed you to do and leave the rest up to Him. We really try to take on too much sometimes for no reason. Calm your worry and care and focus on the tasks God gave you!
6) The outcome will have you with your jaw dropped in awe
I’ve yet to see homeowners displeased with the results of their abode. They walk in and grab their faces, bend to the front, hug their partner, start touching on the couches and such. They’re overwhelmed with gratitude and in one moment all the stress, anxiety, frustration, and emotional exhaustion is worth it. They got more than they expected and they get to call it theirs.
Oh how God is able to do that and more for us. Yes, it’s tough right now, yes people are killing you from the inside out right now, yes your finances do not look like you have slaved in school all your life and worked hard to be where you are right now, yes your love life may feel non existent right now, yes your living situation might actually be horrible right now…but if you can make it through your renovation season then God has promised you a place that is better than you could have ever imagined.
The Scripture says, that God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above what we could ever ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). Not because we have done anything exquisite. But because of how He can work within us!
Let Him do the work! Be encouraged in your season of renovation! It will get better! Let Him do a new thing in you!
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Melanie N. Lee
I just REALLY love Jesus!!!
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