The Fixer Upper

3 Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel. 4 The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.” Then he said to Joshua, “See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put fine garments on you.” 5 Then I said, “Put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him, while the angel of the Lord stood by. - Joshua 3:3-5

The wound saga seems to never want to stop.

After many small procedures and two major closure surgeries…….it’s still there and bigger than it was before, thanks to staples coming out sooner than they were supposed to. Instead of doing another surgery (the 7th), I have decided to try a different treatment called Hyperbaric. See that photo up there? That’s where I am every weekday for two hours, inside a chamber that allows you to breathe in twice the amount of oxygen that people breathe in. It is supposed to speed the incredibly slow and ridiculous wound healing process.

Why am I telling you all of this?    

Well, I am telling you this because when I am in the chamber, the guy who runs the treatment knows how much I LOVE HGTV and he puts the channel on and I am ready for two COMPLETELY uninterrupted hours of great television.

Again, why am I telling you this?

Today’s two hours of HGTV awesomeness was “Fixer Upper”. I love Chip and Joanna Gaines. I love the way they love, honor and cherish each other (A lesson we can always be reminded of from time to time), I LOVE seeing them interact with their children. It makes me feel thankful that there are parents out there, like them, who really do it right. It also reminds me to think about the children who aren’t or didn’t get so lucky.

In one of today’s episodes, a couple chose a house that was extremely beat up with a lot of square footage ( I think it was over 4000, it was massive). The job would take a long time because of all of the work that needed to be done. The roof needed to be replaced, the foundation was uneven and terrible……that cost a TON of money, and I wonder if Chip and Joanna, or even the new home owners, thought that this was too big of a project. I wonder if they thought that there was no way this house was going to be restored to the beautiful house I am sure it once was.

Do you know what that reminds me of?

Me before I gave my life to Jesus.   

This also reminded me of this passage in Joshua. In this vision he was having, he was dirty. He did not have clean clothes. I bet you he didn’t smell good or any of that sort. It’s hard to imagine trying to be near someone like that. In the world that we live in today (and I am just as guilty of this), if we see anyone like how Joshua was described, we would run the other way without a second thought.

I am so glad that God……our God, sees us differently than we see ourselves and other people.

He loves us with a love that is so incapable of adequate words that He would look at our filth and our messy lives and everything that we try to hide so that we can show people that we are “okay”, and not only does he look at this filth…..he takes it away.

We are God’s Fixer Uppers.

Without Jesus we are lost in our filth and in our sin and we become a project that is very literally hopeless.  We needed someone to come and be born in a humble and lowly stable and live a sinless life, and then we needed that someone to die for our sins so that we could be reconciled with God Almighty, the creator of all things and all people.

The name of that someone is Jesus.

My treatment for the day ended right after they showed the finished house. I couldn’t believe what I saw. It was beautiful! Chip and his crew fixed the foundation problems and installed brand new floors and fixed that horrible roof. Joanna filled the place with beautiful furniture and wall hangings and made it look like a brand new home. The look on the new home owners faces when they saw this house that was once old and broken and unlivable, now made into a home fit for a family, was a beautiful sight to see.  

It was also sweet to see Chip and Joanna’s faces as they welcomed and introduced the family to each room of the house that they had done. They were so happy that this family could finally have a place to call home and that the family loved and appreciated everything that Chip and Joanna did for them.

I wonder what the look in God’s eye is when we finally come to the realization that we need Him to come and completely consume and change our lives. I wonder how big His smile gets when He gets to take the filth that had permeated our lives off and give us a clean, fresh new start. More importantly, I wonder how excited He gets when, as followers of Jesus, we will have an eternal place to call home. I wonder also how excited he gets as He prepares this eternal place for us. We may be fixer uppers here, but when we get to Heaven with Jesus (IF you made that decision personally), there will be no fixer uppers. Everything will be just as it is supposed to be. I can’t wait. How about you?

Don’t forget that He loves you and so do I,

Shelley Olsen.

  

 

Published by Shelley Olsen