No, this is not my remodeled kitchen, but an example of a beautiful one.

No, this is not my remodeled kitchen, but an example of a beautiful one.

Remodeling…what exactly does that mean?  According to the internet version of the Merriam-Webster dictionary, it means to “remake”.  Synonyms are as follows:  alter, make over, modify, recast, redo, refashion, remake, change, revamp, revise, rework, vary and related words are deform, metamorphose, mutate; regenerate, revolutionize, transfigure, transform, transmute; commute, convert, exchange; rejigger, retool.

I looked this up because my home is currently undergoing a remodel and as the general contractor puts a masonry bit into his drill and endeavors to put up the shower door, it seems like the entire house itself is about to FALL DOWN!  Dust, grout, mortar, and tile are frequently all over the place and only one shower, one toilet and the kitchen sink are usable.  But I content myself in the knowledge that at some point it will all get cleaned up and the house will be so much more attractive than it is now.  Everything that is out of place will soon be put back into place where it’s supposed to be, and all will be well with the world again.  The bathrooms and kitchen will have an updated look, the floors will be porcelain tile instead of 30 or 40 some year old linoleum with tears and holes in it, my shower will be bigger, the other bathroom will have a permanent shower also, and there will be new light fixtures, new toilets and sinks, and so much more.  So, how exactly does my home remodel relate to anything?

I’m so glad you asked.  If you have lived any time at all and encountered change in your life, it may seem as it does to me, as if you are undergoing a sort of remodel.   Depending on the scenario, you may feel much like you are being altered, made over, modified, changed, transformed, converted, and retooled.  Thankfully in most cases, it’s a slow process and happens almost without our being aware it’s happening, until one day you realize you are not the same as you once were.  In other situations, the “remodeling” takes place much more quickly, sometimes with a little pain involved, and those are the times when we usually have a tendency to yell out to the Lord…”What the sam hill do You think you are doing to me!!!???!!!”  (Sam Hill is one of my ex-husband’s favorite expressions..not sure where it came from, but it fits in more conversations than you could possibly imagine, without being profane or gross!)

Now, perhaps you have requested a “remodel”, a change, a make over.  Perhaps not.  But in the end, those that the Lord loves and calls His own will get one or more, whether they asked for or wanted it or not.  It’s definitely not a bad thing to have happen to you.  It’s really a very, very good thing in fact.  But it can be a bit disconcerting if you were planning to stay the same, unchanged, throughout your whole life.  Truth be told, life is all about change and becoming a better you anyway!  Or at least in God’s economy it is.  And, I think I’d rather endure a heavenly remodel than a truck load of other things I could imagine.

So, if you find yourself being retooled, rejiggered, reworked, revised and refashioned, take heart!  If you have received Christ as Savior and Lord, expect some changes, some remodeling to begin…and continue for the rest of your life.

“Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away.  Behold, the fresh and new has come!”  2 Corinthians 5:17  The Amplified Version

“Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].  Romans 12:2  The Amplified Version

The Creator of the Universe is on the job.  He’s the General Contractor and His remodels are stunningly beautiful and practical.  If you’re up for a remodel, give Him permission to do in your life whatever He wants because the end result will astound you!  Oh, you may still look like you in the end, but your insides, down deep in your heart, will be changed for all eternity.

I’m looking forward with great anticipation to the end result of my bathroom and kitchen remodel.  But honestly, I can hardly wait to see what God does with me too because that remodel lasts on into Heaven.