A Remodel Project

DSC_3218I’m sitting in the kitchen and just looking around at all the things that need to be done. We started a remodel project a few weeks ago that involved removing a closet, a wall and all the kitchen cabinets. We now have a new floor down, about half of the sheet rock work done and all in all, we are moving at a decent pace. God has truly blessed us as we work on this project.

But even though everything is moving along and we are making progress, I still find myself wishing that it was done already. I’m tired of working on the same project and want to move on to something else. But as remodel projects go, just when we think we are ready to finish one part of the remodel, something pops up that we have to stop and take care of. Like when we got the cabinets removed, I was looking forward to taking a break and relaxing for a while. Just about that time we discovered the drain problem. Someone used the sink in the bathroom which is on the other side of the wall where we had just removed cabinets, and it leaked out into the kitchen. At first we thought we had pulled the drain pipe apart when we were pulling the cabinets out. But it turned out that the old steel drain pipe had been almost clogged for a long time. It had allowed water to gather in the elbow and that allowed the pipe to rust. Long story short, we had to take out the old drain pipe and install new drains to both the bathroom sink and the soon to be installed kitchen sink. Not a big problem but one that I am very glad to have found before the new kitchen cabinets are installed. That would have been very heartbreaking to have found it later. So I thank God for helping us to find that and take care of the problem.

And all of that got me to thinking about my relationship with my heavenly Father. All my life has been a project of sorts for Him. He allows things to come into my life and uses them as teachable moments. If all goes well, I learn something about life, grow closer to God and my faith and spirituality will allow me to become a more useable vessel for Him to use in His kingdom work. BUT, sometimes I end up doing the wrong thing, or I don’t do the right thing and allow problems to come into my life. Then God who is ready to take me to the next level in our relationship has to stop construction and rework something in my life that needs fixing. Then we move on.

I wonder if God ever feels like He is tired of working on the same project, only to have me keep revealing more problems that need fixing. Satan would love for me to believe that God does get tired of working with me. Satan would love for me to allow doubt to creep in. But then I thought about my kitchen. I’m not going to give up on it, even though it’s time consuming, at times aggravating, and not to mention expensive. We keep talking about how nice it’s going to be to have dinner in the new place. How satisfied we will be when we get done and how much we will enjoy the new space and hopefully enjoy it for a long time.

When I think about God’s relationship to me, I usually go back to the Garden of Eden. That’s where God first made man. Genesis tells us how that God created the earth, the atmosphere, the universe and all the things that we need to survive, before he made man. He prepared a world that we could live in and then God demonstrated His purpose. I love the verse in Genesis 3:8 where it says that the man and the woman heard the voice of God walking in the garden in the cool of the day. That means a lot to an old country boy like me. The cool of the day to me represents the evening time. The time of day when the sun is setting and the temperature is slowly cooling down. That’s when we would get together with family and friends. We would relax on the front porch and visit with each other after a day of work and just before a night of rest. This was a time to enjoy friends and family. And to think that God would visit Adam and Eve in the cool of the day excites me. Another thing that excites me about this verse is that this happened after Adam and Eve had sinned. God was still visiting them. He still loved them and He still longed to spend time with them. Then the rest of God’s word reveals to me how much he loved man because of all that He has done to reveal Himself to us and even to give His only Son, Jesus to die on the cross for us.

Is God ever going to get tired of working on/with me? I would have to say no, never, nada, ain’t gonna happen and any other way you can think of to say NO! I believe that He loves me too much, desires my companionship too much to ever give up on me. I know that’s why I’m never giving up on God. And the only reason that I love Him is because He loved me first. And then Paul added this in Philippians 1:6 “I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” So that completes the thought about how much He’ll work with me.

Have a great day and God Bless.