We have all had times in life when we feel tired, run down, beat up and abandoned.
Life comes at us hard and can be as unrelenting as a winter storm. Driving wind and rain pelt us with circumstances and relationships beyond our control.
These storms leave behind damage, both seen and unseen.
Over time we lose our luster, our outward swagger and pretty soon the paint is peeling, windows broken and the elements are beginning to ravage our inner dwelling.
I am a visual person. Kind of simple really, but I see life in pictures.
I like to think of people as a house. Not an apartment, or a condo or your run of the mill cookie cutter track home.
I envision people as grand homes with large inviting porches that wrap around like a smile encouraging conversation and granting entry to the heart.
But sometimes our smile dims as we wrestle through the daily mess that is life and in our hurting and brokenness we close the door to our hearts and we hide.
Time, stress and hurt have caused fractures in our heart and our hope is fading like old wallpaper once vibrant and glorious.
As we tour the rooms of our heart we realize that we are in desperate need of renovation.
In the world of reality TV, there are a number of makeover shows. From DIY Yard Crashers to Biggest Loser and What NOT to Wear, there is a show that can take someone or something from drab to fab.
All those programs pale in comparison with the power and majesty of the Holy Spirit and His ability to make you new and restore you to the glory that God intended for you.
He knows your heart. He created you. He knows your hurt. He bled for you. He desires healing, restoration and wholeness for you, for He made you in His image and for His delight and glory.
Restoration is hard. It is messy. It is inconvenient. Restoration is necessary.
Unlike the make over shows that begin with complete demolition and destruction of the existing structure, God begins with the heart.
He molds and smoothes and soothes the places of the heart that are hurting, leaking and broken.
He creates in us beauty from brokenness.
If you are reading this and find yourself stripped down to the studs and exposed for all to see your tender heart, I pray that you allow the master contractor to renovate your heart.
Grace & Peace ~ Karen