Right Down to the Studs

We demolished a bathroom at the Malmin household over the weekend.  

On purpose.  

We're remodeling.

Almost everything was torn out.  The toilet.  The vanity.  Pink Formica (circa 1960).   All the fixtures.   We even tore out all of the sheetrock.  We went right down to the studs.  All that remains is the tub.

The process made me apprehensive for a couple of reasons:
1) We have one remaining operational bathroom and there are two of us.  This may prove to be problematic during "peak demand" times.
2) I have never remodeled a bathroom.  Somehow I have deluded myself into thinking that watching HGTV in bed with Anita on Saturday morning qualifies me for the job.

We'll see how it goes.

The process has got me thinking.  

The apostle Paul reminds us, "If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!  (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Jesus is working to make all things new.  That includes us.  But before "new" happens, the "old" must go.  

The process of removing the old things from our life can be hard.  The Spirit of God works through sometimes difficult circumstances to clear out the old and the ugly. What are those things? Habits and addictions that can control.  Attitudes of arrogance and pride that prevent us from having authentic relationships with God and others.  Dependency on "stuff" for our happiness.  Even good things that have become idolatrous and prevent us from knowing the great things of God may need removing.

The missionary Elisabeth Elliot once said, “Our vision is so limited we can hardly imagine a love that does not show itself in protection from suffering.... The love of God did not protect His own Son.... He will not necessarily protect us - not from anything it takes to make us like His Son. A lot of hammering and chiseling and purifying by fire will have to go into the process.”

Sometimes God has to "take us down to the studs" before he can remake us in his image.  It's no secret that 2020 has been a challenging year.  But could it also be a year of refinement where God is asking us to take inventory of what is important and lasting and make changes?

Clearing out the old is scary, because we become comfortable and complacent with what we know.  But God's remodeling plans will always satisfy!

Are you ready for a demolition?



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