My kitchen remodel has begun! As I sit here writing this, there is hammering above my head while the workmen dismantle my cupboards and tile counters. It’s loud and noisy and my four cats are not amused. Two are hiding in my closet, one is in with me, scowling, and the fourth is in the guest room trying to escape it all.
We bought a cat gate to keep them from dashing upstairs into the chaos, but we need not have worried– the hammering is deterrent enough!
The remodel has long been a dream of my husband who loves to cook and entertain. But, it really became a necessity when we recently discovered water leaking between the tiles and black mold growing underneath the sink. Black mold is horribly toxic and can cause allergies, breathing problems, chronic fatigue, and persistent headaches, just for starters! Yikes!
It’s astonishing how much stuff a kitchen holds. We’ve been filling boxes for two weeks and relocating items to different rooms all over the house. Meantime, we’ve set up a make-shift kitchen in one of the bathrooms so we can at least make our morning smoothies and enjoy a cup of tea.
This remodel reminds me of a C.S. Lewis quote where he talks about God as the master builder. When someone accepts the Lord, He begins dismantling all that is toxic and unhealthy in their life and rebuilds something new and wonderful. It’s messy business and can take a very long time, but I love how Lewis describes the outcome:
“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But, presently, He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of — throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage; but He is building a palace. He intends to come live in it himself.”
Your Personal Remodel
Where are you today? Are you in the process of a remodel? Instead of hammers and drills, I have found that sometimes God uses an illness to strip us of all the non essentials in life, including our bad habits. Then, slowly, He begins to reconstruct our lives until we are more balanced, healthy and fruitful. If you find yourself today in the midst of a “divine repair job,” submit to Him! God is genius architect and you can rest assured that, despite the disruption, mess and chaos, the end result will not only be worth it– you will become a healed, healthy and whole masterpiece!
Till our next post, I wish you the blessings and joys of the Christmas season!