This is a great word.
Anything restored, in my eyes, is breath-taking.
Even though I am not car-crazy, I do appreciate a restored classic. The shiny paint, the polished wheels, and the simple beauty its designer had in mind when it was sketched long ago will always catch my eye as well as most every other person on the road that passes. There is beauty in something restored.
I am all about making a house a home. Fixer Upper is one of my favorite television shows. Chip and Joanna Gaines are brilliant at seeing the potential in old, wrecked homes and restoring them. If there is anything original to the home that they can salvage they will: shiplap, wood floors, and doors list just a few. The rest, they save for ‘Demo Day’ which must take place before they can get to the work of beautifying. And when the restored house is revealed to their clients, it usually brings a gasp as well as tears. Why? Because it has been restored and everything excellent about it has been accentuated. The parts of the house that looked to be beyond repair get transformed into something truly spectacular. I have not yet read the book they just wrote, called The Magnolia Story, however, it is on my “to-read” list. One thing is for sure: she has a beautiful testimony. Check it out here.
Fixer Upper serves as such a visual example of what the LORD does with us: He takes our mess and restores us to something more beautiful than we could have ever imagined or dreamed.
- The shiplap this couple hopes to find behind the walls of their fixer uppers reminds me of each and every one of us: We may hide behind a wall or two but the LORD wants to reveal us so that we can be the natural beauties He created us to be.
- Demo Day is Chip’s favorite day in the process. I believe it just might be the LORD’s too when it comes to restoring us. But there is one difference: Chip might have to demo quite a bit to get the house to a place where it can be restored well, but Jesus only demos two things: our sin and our shame. He will use every other piece of our messy stories in the restoration to create beauty beyond anything we ever thought could be possible.
- The big reveal is what anyone watching Fixer Upper waits to see. Just as Joanna and Chip can’t wait to show their clients the fixer upper that at one point looked beyond repair, the LORD can’t wait for the world to see the restoration He has done on you and the work He will continue to do on you until the day when He returns:
“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” (Philippians 1:6, NLT).
Restored. That is you, Mustard Seed Girl. Beautiful. Breath Taking. Spectacular. Made New.
P.S. If this idea is new to you, take a look at a previous post I wrote in my “I am” series: Unbroken. No story is too messy for Him! I was truly a fixer upper who He continues to restore.