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Stripping Paint
by Elizabeth Hexberg
06/21/08
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This Summer I set myself the challenge of repainting the exterior of our home.
So far so good, but then I started on the garage.
What a task that is proving to be......

I'm not very tall and so I borrowed a 13ft ladder to reach the eaves.
Also I have some fear of heights.
So there I am, not looking down - with a water jet in one hand and a paint scraper in the other -knowing full well that the only way to achieve my goal is with Gods Help.
'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me', running through my mind.

"O.K. God, now is a really good time for some strengthening, I need some help here!"

In addition there are some very angry and determined wasps who, until I began this restoration, had a large nest tucked away inside the spotlight. Every morning I wash them away, and yet they persist in rebuilding, and I am sure that they are intent on stinging me.

Stripping Paint is slow and tedious work, and the heat only allows for a little at a time.
The top layer of paint peels off in big pieces and is easy work.
Even the second layer.
The third is old oil-based paint and is very hard to remove.
However, I know enough about painting to realize that in order for the new paint to truly adhere - all of the old paint needs to go.
Therefore I persevere.

Before any of this began I thought how nice it would be, to have the funding, to pay a professional to take on this project.

Now I find myself, up a ladder, and thinking about God all of the time.
How the process of Sanctification is a lot like stripping the paint from my garage.
A little at a time, and layer upon layer.
The deepest layers being the hardest to remove.
We all run the risk of falling and being stung whenever our minds wander away from The Lord.

It is 'Awesome', to me , that when we truly open our hearts to 'Him' He uses every single opportunity for Spiritual Growth........

Even Paint Stripping!




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Patty Wysong 21 Jun 2008
This is an excellent example of how it is when we get to stripping the paint layers of our life. I, too, have found myself thinking about and communing with God when I'm 'stuck' doing things like that. It seems to redeem the time in my thinking!




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