Remembering the Risks of Remodeling

“No one told me that I would risk loosing my sanity when we remodeled.  We had only been remodeling our house for 5 weeks now but it felts like it had been 5 months!  Sometimes I couldn’t even find a fork!”  Paula lamented.  “The only way I got through the no-water, no-kitchen, frig-in-the-living room stage was by looking at drawings and diagrams of what the kitchen would look like when it was finished.  I had to keep the end in sight in order to keep my sanity in check!”


Paula went on to liken her kitchen remodel to her experiences here on earth.  “I think that in order to get through the “stuff” we have get through here on earth we have to visualize our eventual reunion in heaven!”


I chuckled a little as I listened and thought of our own remodeling a few years ago.  We used a crock pot, a can opener and fast food to get by. 


I think of many times in my life when I felt as though I was being remodeled.  C.S. Lewis once wrote about remodels when he talked about the mansion Jesus plans to build of our lives.  A mansion with plenty of enlarging and remodeling experiences.


My foster daughter, Josie and her husband and four children are going through a remodeling right now.  The truck that smashed into their apartment left them practically homeless. David’s parents welcomed them into their own home for the first month or so after the event.  They are coming to live in our home next week as they continue to look for a home.  David and Josie are good examples of trying to look past the bags, boxes, suitcases, lost toothbrushes and not-home feeling as they prayerfully save and scrimp and visualize their future home.


The next time I get that anxious, worried, “take a deep breath”, “I just can’t do this” feeling, I hope I will stop and think of my heavenly home and remember the finished “product,” my Father, Jesus and others greeting me.  Also a place where I don’t have to search for forks.

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  • Diana Gourley  On October 31, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    Dear Patricia,

    When I get anxious and worried it’s usually because I’ve turned inward and have wandered from the love so freely offered me. Quite often I sing the hymn, Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing. Doing so helps me to remember that He is the one doing the remodeling in my life and that it is “by His good pleasure” that I will safely arrive at “home.”

    Thanks for being a light and thus a true friend to so many.

    Love, Diana

    Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
    by Robert Robinson, Arranged by Mack Wilburg

    1. Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,
    Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
    Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
    Call for songs of loudest praise.
    Teach me some melodious sonnet,
    Sung by flaming tongues above.
    Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
    Mount of Thy redeeming love.

    2. Here I raise my Ebenezer;
    Hither by Thy help I’ve come;
    And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
    Safely to arrive at home.
    Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
    Prone to leave the God I love;
    Here’s my heart, O take and seal it;
    Seal it for Thy courts above.

    3. Jesus sought me when a stranger,
    Wandering from the fold of God;
    He, to rescue me from danger,
    Interposed His precious blood.
    Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
    Prone to leave the God I love;
    Here’s my heart, O take and seal it;
    Seal it for Thy courts above.

    4. O to grace how great a debtor
    Daily I’m constrained to be!
    Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
    Bind my wandering heart to Thee:
    Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
    Prone to leave the God I love;
    Here’s my heart, O take and seal it;
    Seal it for Thy courts above.

  • Patricia  On October 31, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    What a beautiful gift. Not only did you mention what helps you but also you gave us the words!! Thank you my friend!
    Love, Patricia

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