The Real Fixer-Upper
“Do you have the guts to take on a fixer-upper?”
If this line sounds familiar to you, it’s most likely because you have seen the popular HGTV show, “Fixer-Upper”. It is one of my favorite shows to sit down and watch in the evening. After all, who wouldn’t enjoy looking at 3 separate properties, debating the merits and downfalls of each, choosing the most cringe-worthy property, and then watching construction and design magic happen – all in less than an hour?
Having moved in the last 6 months and doing renovation to the house we were selling, I can tell you that not one single piece of that process was even remotely that quick! Watching the show, it’s easy to overlook the “Day 28” or “Day 63” memos that might appear in the bottom corner of the tv screen. There is a ton of work that goes in to achieving the final result – we just get to witness a few snippets and highlights.
How often do we expect our struggles and flaws to be changed and improved in the time it takes to watch our favorite show? Don’t we want to just lay our messes before God and ask Him to do His construction and design magic and have us back in order within an hour? If only that were true!
As I reflect on tough times I’ve been through and while currently walking with friends through some tough issues, I know the “fix” is rarely fast. Days, weeks, and months can crawl by without an end in sight. Questions of “why” and “when will this end” keep rising up. What do you do when there’s really nothing you can do on your own?
The struggle is real and each one looks different, but here are a few foundational truths we can be reminded of during those times:
God hears – Philippians 4:6-7
God is faithful – Lamentations 3:22-23
God is working for my best – Romans 5:35
God is in control – Job 38-39
Our “under construction” selves won’t be completely renovated this side of heaven. Thankfully, God’s Spirit is at work within us, continuing to transform us into His image. It’s not a quick fix, but His design and construction plan is best!