In your home, there could well be a priceless treasure hiding under a bad coat of paint or lacquer. Perhaps you have already discovered it! Years ago, my parents were looking for a cabinet in which they might hold some of the special dishes and stuff. Not wanting to spend too much, they hit the garage sale circuit. One day, they found the cabinet that would fit both their needs and the trunk of the car. My father backed the car up the driveway and we shoved…I mean “gently placed” the large cabinet into the trunk. This, not so earth shatteringly beautiful cabinet sat in my parents dining room for many years. Over time, it endured mine and my brother’s formative years of “horseplay” near, around, in and on it. Needless to say, after many years, it was due a re-finish. My parents called a skilled craftsman, who came and picked up the cabinet to take it to his shop.
After about one week, the craftsman called my parents. With great excitement, he described the beautiful cabinet which he had uncovered after removing the stain from the wood. He also told my parents that it was worth so much more than they had paid for it so many years ago. Its value had been hidden by a bad lacquer job! In the hands of the master craftsman, the cabinet was transformed. He got a hold of it, and with his hands, he stripped away all of the lacquer and the blemishes which covered its original, natural beauty.
In the same way, when we present ourselves to the Great Craftsman, He begins to strip away and reform the unsightly parts of our character. In so doing, He brings new life to us. Paul in his second letter to the Corinthian church writes: “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”(2 Cor 3:18). The key point in this verse is that the action of change is done to the person -as opposed to the person taking the action itself. Just as the cabinet was presented to the expert for change, it is necessary for you and I to do the same in the presence of God.
What is the lacquer that covers you? What do you need to ask God to do such that your true beauty may be revealed once again? When we present ourselves to God, we need not have it all together, He will do the rest! I encourage you to read Psalm 139.
In His Love,