“No one told me that I would risk loosing my sanity when we remodeled. We had only been remodeling our house for 5 weeks now but it felts like it had been 5 months! Sometimes I couldn’t even find a fork!” Paula lamented. “The only way I got through the no-water, no-kitchen, frig-in-the-living room stage was by looking at drawings and diagrams of what the kitchen would look like when it was finished. I had to keep the end in sight in order to keep my sanity in check!”
Paula went on to liken her kitchen remodel to her experiences here on earth. “I think that in order to get through the “stuff” we have get through here on earth we have to visualize our eventual reunion in heaven!”
I chuckled a little as I listened and thought of our own remodeling a few years ago. We used a crock pot, a can opener and fast food to get by.
I think of many times in my life when I felt as though I was being remodeled. C.S. Lewis once wrote about remodels when he talked about the mansion Jesus plans to build of our lives. A mansion with plenty of enlarging and remodeling experiences.
My foster daughter, Josie and her husband and four children are going through a remodeling right now. The truck that smashed into their apartment left them practically homeless. David’s parents welcomed them into their own home for the first month or so after the event. They are coming to live in our home next week as they continue to look for a home. David and Josie are good examples of trying to look past the bags, boxes, suitcases, lost toothbrushes and not-home feeling as they prayerfully save and scrimp and visualize their future home.
The next time I get that anxious, worried, “take a deep breath”, “I just can’t do this” feeling, I hope I will stop and think of my heavenly home and remember the finished “product,” my Father, Jesus and others greeting me. Also a place where I don’t have to search for forks.