Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;
the old has gone, the new has come!
2 Corinthians 5:17
As a military wife you have to learn to accept the housing that you are provided with. You make it feel like home the best you can. You fit your furniture the best way you can. You ask for permission to paint, but only a little bit and only a color that’s easy to paint over before moving out.
The day that we bought our home was one of the most exciting. Finally! I could paint whatever I wanted. I could buy furniture for a specific place in my house (can I get an amen from the military wives!). I could hang pictures and curtains and lay out rugs without worrying if they’ll fit in the next place. It was a dream!
Until one day when we had to fix a pipe that had burst under the floors in the kitchen. And then one time the water heater broke and leaked all over the floor in the garage where our boxes happened to be stored. We ripped out white carpet that was in two of the bathrooms and the concrete is still there after too many years. We started a fireplace remodel and that has been “in process” for oh, you know, over a year. Then the fence in our backyard blew down. Our backyard is a desert. I could probably keep going for many paragraphs, but I’ll stop there.
I mention all of this to say that I truly LOVE my home, but man, is it a work in progress. It is exhausting, and expensive, and a lot of times very overwhelming. We are constantly fixing and repairing and remodeling and fixing more and repairing more.
I’m so glad that God doesn’t get overwhelmed by the constant fixing, repairing, and remodeling He has to do in my heart.
I’m so glad that He looks at me and, although a work in progress, He sees a great masterpiece.
I’m so glad that although we are dead in our transgressions and sins He continues to make us alive in Christ (Ephesians 2:4)
He who began a good work in you
will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Walk confidently knowing that what God has started in you, He will finish. Until Christ returns, our God will ensure that you are continually made new.