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Recyclable You

The Watered Soul: Recyclable You

Jun 28, 2010

Recyclable You

Although, I don't watch it as often as I once did, HGTV is a favorite of mine. It's a great place to get ideas to spice up your living environment. Of particular interest to me are the shows that seek out flea market finds and then turn those items into something impressive. After they've finished dressing them up a bit, they no longer look like rejects  suited for the garbage dumpster. Instead they look like new, store bought items deemed for a place of honor.

Most times they have to do some cosmetic work on the items. Stripping them of paint, sanding, cutting, painting and polishing are all required before the transformation is complete. Not unlike ourselves, who require some remodeling before we're ready to enter the spotlight of our God given roles. He has to strip away the painting from our old selves. You'll find that it's necessary for Him to do a pit of sanding as well. Sanding causes irritation. Do you find yourself being a bit irritable? Could it be that God is sanding to expose some areas that need to be addressed in your life?

For most of the furniture, sanding is required in order to allow the new paint to stick. The new ideas, mindset, and instructions He wants to give us will be unable to adhere without Him getting in there and scuffing up the old. I believe God wants to paint new anointings, new assignments, new connections, new creativity, and new ingenuity into our lives but we must endure the complete makeover. No skipping steps allowed. If we walk out only after the stripping or sanding has been done, we leave ourselves vulnerable to our enemy. Trying to skip past to the painting and polishing may make us appear ready but in the end the old stuff-our way of thinking and behaving-show through.

Lord, I don't always find the stripping, sanding, painting and polishing to be comfortable. But help to remain humble and submitted to you as you complete your perfect work.

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At June 28, 2010 at 8:59 AM , Blogger welcome to my world of poetry said...

Thought provoking post which started my rusty brain thinking.
wonderful to read.


At June 28, 2010 at 9:17 AM , Blogger BLUEBUTTERFLY said...

Amen! Amen! The process is not always pleasant, but oh the promise....Thank You, Lord.

At June 28, 2010 at 11:33 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thanks for the visit and comment.

At June 28, 2010 at 11:47 AM , Blogger Carol Fleisher said...

Great post! True we don't enjoy it at the time but we look back and see how God really worked in our lives. Well done. :)

At June 28, 2010 at 1:39 PM , Blogger covnitkepr1 said...

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At June 28, 2010 at 1:52 PM , Blogger Joanne Sher said...

This is EXCELLENT, Wanda. What a great analogy, and reminder. We so often need that pain to catch on to what God is teaching us, don't we?

At June 28, 2010 at 1:58 PM , Blogger Bud Ezekiel H. said...

i like your anology...:)

At June 28, 2010 at 3:49 PM , Blogger Bev said...

great analogy have a way of putting our walk with the lord in great perspective...

At June 28, 2010 at 8:32 PM , Blogger Wanda said...

Yvonne, "rusty brain"? Anyone who create poems like you...I think not.
Yes, a wonderful promise is right Blue.
Shirl, I enjoyed your blog.
Carol, yes hindsight seems to clear things up so well.
Covnitkepr1, glad to have you join as my newest blog follower. I'll be sure to drop by your place.
Joanne, God knows just what it takes to get us fit for His use.
Thank you, Bud.
Bev, thanks but God knows the perfect way to make me understand...taking my everyday objects and shedding new light on them.

At June 28, 2010 at 9:21 PM , Blogger Missie said...

Thank you for your post! It is a good reminder that we are still being crafted!

At June 30, 2010 at 5:07 PM , Anonymous Monica said...

Wow...this was a very good post. I love the analogy. I know I often wish I could skip the sanding, but then don't we all. :-)


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