I was thinking this morning of a time long ago, when I lived in a very old house, and it seemed that there was always some remodeling project going on.
This house had a porch that wrapped around, with posts and railings along the edge, and it had been painted so many times over the years; that what they looked like now was all that there was, a plain and simple part of the house.
The time came along when the house was to be painted again, and I thought that this was the time, when the paint on the porch railings should not be given another layer - I should remove what had been put on them over time.
It took such a long time, with chisel, torch and brush to remove layer after layer that had been there for years, and when I began it didn't occur to me that a treasure was hidden there, and as I worked, it began to appear.
The layers peeled off and I marveled at the thought of how very many colors this house had been, and at last I knew I had removed all the old paint and revealed what had been hidden within.
Each of those posts had carved designs in the wood, each side had a different one, top and bottom they were carved, adding such beauty to each post, a loving touch to admire when it was done.
I think of my life like that, before I met you, when there was such work to be done - God rescued me and transformed me from the inside out, finding beauty where I thought there had been none.
God peeled off the layers of sin and despair that had covered up who I could be, and revealed again the lovely design He had made, the one He
had fashioned when He created me.
When all was cleaned up, made fresh and new, God knew that He'd only made a start - I thought I was done, all fixed up and complete, but there was much more to learn to fill up my heart.
God taught me to trust, to always lean on Him, to have faith and hope, joy and laughter too...and when He saw I was ready, He gave me a new love, for into my life He brought you.
Oh, the joy of that day, that shining moment of time, when love filled my heart and dreams came true - is mine again every morning when I awake to a new day that I'll share with you!