Marion and I recently completed a renovation to the main floor of our home. Out with the old carpeting and floor tiling, and in with new solid oak flooring. But like all worthwhile projects, it required hard work along with some disappointment along the way.
Initially, I consulted a friend who had just completed his flooring project. He directed us to a discount flooring centre which, from its website, appeared to have exactly what we needed at a great price. But when we got there the store was shut down. We had just wasted half a day but learned a great lesson, you generally get what you pay for! We visited three more stores before we found exactly what we were looking for and within our budget.
Our next challenge was to find a good contractor. This time I asked a neighbour who had recently completed a similar project. I knew the contractor was hard working and reliable because I had seen him at work the previous summer. I also had the opportunity to inspect the final job and discovered my neighbour was very satisfied with the price and the quality or workmanship. The contractor was available within my desired time-frame and gave me a well priced quote. So now that I had my contractor, we agreed on a start-date. Unfortunately he was delayed on an existing project and we had to wait for almost a week beyond our intended start.
Once the work started, the job went smoothly and he was able to add some finishing touches not in his original quote. We were very pleased and excited with the transformation of our home.
As I look back on this project I can’t help but draw comparisons to our spiritual journey. Scripture tell us to be transformed in our minds, our thinking. Out with the ungodly thinking that we picked up along the way, and in with Godly wisdom and new patterns of behaviour. Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but continually be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you may be able to determine what God's will is—what is proper, pleasing, and perfect.
But it will not always be an easy road and we will need God's help, especially when we experience disappointments and delays along the way. As with most people in the bible, like Abraham, Joseph, David, and Paul, perseverance is a must! But in the end our reward will surpass our wildest dreams, as we enjoy living in God’s presence for all eternity. Now that’s a transformation worth looking forward to!