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Beautiful things

Recently my co-worker and I had to move our office and because of space we could no longer could use our big bulky desks. We thought of using a table that could function as a desk for both of us, a conference desk, or just even as an extra work area when we have to prepare for events and need to spread out. I mentioned to our facility director what I had in mind and for her to keep an eye out for an old table that we could purchase cheap and that I would restore. (I love doing projects like that.) She had just the piece tucked away in the church shed. It once stood as the front door to our church, until a cruel act of arson caused it to become charred and no longer able to be used. Unable to part with it, she tucked it away in the shed knowing that one day she would use it for something special. The time had come and she secretly went to work restoring it for a new purpose. (At the time we had no clue.) It was such a glorious surprise when we walked into our office and saw this beautiful table. It was beyond what we had envisioned. It was breathtaking. It was PERFECT!

Upon realizing that it was a door, we looked underneath and were immediately moved with emotion. The underside was left in the original state of the charred front door. The plaque “welcoming” visitors still visibly shown. Underneath was burnt and saddened by the act from the fallen world we live in, but the topside was restored to be used in a new way. To me this table symbolizes what Christ does for us. We carry around disappointment, sadness, anger, frustration, judgement, pride, and even worry that causes our hearts to become like charred pieces of wood. We become more and more broken and at times unable to function. As we grow closer to Christ we become convicted and we ask for forgiveness. Our relationship grows stronger with Christ and we are soon able to forgive others, love others and not judge them. Our hearts become beautifully restored. We are not perfect. We can never be perfect, but because of the One who is PERFECT, our Redeemer, we are able to become NEW and we soon function as He wants us to. I ask that God restores my heart so that I will be a NEW and beautiful creation.

It makes me think of the song by Michael Gungor, “Beautiful Things”. Part of the lyrics are; “You make beautiful things out of the dust. You make beautiful things out of us.” “You make me new. You ARE making me new.” I am also reminded of the verse from Psalm 103:2-5. “Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits. Who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” NIV

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