As I hung washing out the other day, I got to my son’s work shirt, I was reminded of a transformation story from the school at which he worked, which got me thinking about our Girls’ Brigade vision to see lives transformed, which led me to our kitchen!
About 22 years ago I was 8 months heavily pregnant, and we did not want to live in the shed anymore, so I waddled behind the building inspector to get sympathy points so we would get our certificate of occupancy to move into our unfinished house.
If you have never moved into an unfinished house I would say DON’T DO IT! It will NEVER get finished.
22 years later, after living with a kitchen that has curtains instead of doors, no architraves, no cornices etc., we are renovating. What a challenge!
The MESS – there is plaster dust everywhere! My nose feels like I can’t breathe through it, it is so clogged up.
The INCONVENIENCE – 2/3rds of my benches are gone. Some of the kitchen is in the laundry, some in the dining room, the fridge is in the back porch, the stove is on the front porch (now unusable – hello cooking with a frying pan, microwave and thermomix) and a lot of stuff is going into storage (yes, I am going to do a big clean up and get rid of things I don’t need). Some things I haven’t found yet because Bruce moved them while I was visiting my new grandson!
The CHANGES – nothing is where it should be and I keep doing things the old way. We never realized how often we looked at the clock in the kitchen until we had to move it.
The TIME – there is, at a best guess, still 6 weeks to go 🙁
This has all reminded me about what transformation looks like when God gets hold of our lives, and the lives of our girls!
The MESS – when God moves in to transform us, sometimes it is very messy; old habits, old pattern; they have to change if transformation is to happen and it may not look pretty in the process!
The INCONVENIENCE – have you ever had God ask you when it would suit for you to grow? I haven’t! It is usually right int he middle of my doing exactly what I think is best that He nudges me and says, “Now!”
The CHANGES – I liked the old me because it was familiar and comfortable (well, some of the time!) New is hard. New is Different.
The TIME – it seems to take forever! I thought I had learned this already. Why am I here AGAIN?
Philippians 3:13-14 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)
Brothers and sisters, I know that I still have a long way to go. But there is one thing I do: I forget what is in the past and try as hard as I can to reach the goal before me. I keep running hard toward the finish line to get the prize that is mine because God has called me through Christ Jesus to life up there in heaven.