Saturate Yourself

So I love to do projects around the house! I find myself sometimes wanting to do things but then I forget about it because of the busyness of life! Life as a wife, mom of 3 kids all under the age of 10, pastors wife, daughter, sister, friend, etc. It can be busy. Not to mention work, housework, and just trying to keep it all together.

Last week I asked Brian to bring the door we purchased from a Facebook yard-sale post LAST YEAR into the carport so I could work on it. He brought my sander and the drop cord and got it all set up. {side note- Brian has started working on sanding down this door a few times and even tried stripping it – he offered to do it for me but I love this kind of stuff so I wanted to do it myself – of course lol! If you know me in person, you know that’s so true haha}

I wanted it set up there so I could work on it close to the house and not have to go to the building. Also, I knew I would lose interest if I kept it on the building because (out of sight out of mind) if you know what I mean. 😬

Anyways, I started using the sander and quickly remembered why we never finished this crazy door! It was because sanding this door was HARD! It is a beautiful door! An old, solid wood door with (at least) 4 coats of different paint on it. I have no idea how old or how long the paint has been on. But I knew from watching HGTV 😆 that the paint could come off and I could eventually have a beautiful wood front door!

I stopped sanding because the south is still hot in October 🙄 and I knew there had to be a better way! After a few quick searches on Pinterest I headed to the store and bought a different kind of paint stripper called Ready Strip. I was hopeful it would work but wasn’t sure how well it would really work.

I read the directions and started applying the gooey stuff to the door. I had read to apply it thick, so I did the best I could, put it down and had to leave to go pick up my youngest child from preschool. I got home and couldn’t wait to see if it had started working. I waited 3 hours and started to scrape. I couldn’t believe my eyes. The paint that I had tried to sand off just the day before was literally lifting off of the door with very little effort! I was so excited. I kept scrapping and something in my spirit changed.

I was looking at this door through spiritual eyes and the Lord spoke to my spirit. He reminded me that when I try to do things on my own, it is too hard, and I often fail and quit all together (sanding the door). But when I saturate myself in God’s word, in prayer, in God’s presence, it all becomes so clear, I look at my life and the situations in my life like this door. 

The more I scraped, the more I could hear His sweet spirit in my heart!
If I allow the Lord to be the “peel away” in my life. If I allow HIM to cover my life, my heart, my mind, my spirit, my home, my marriage, my finances, my mothering, my family, my health, and anything else that this life may throw at me, then all I have to do is sit and wait. I become the door. Completely saturated in the TRUTH of God. The situations in my life may not be good, but if I continue to hide behind him, under him, completely saturated with Christ, I don’t have to do anything. I just simply wait, and when the time is right, the Lord does the scraping. The Lord chooses which situations He needs to work on and he peels things away from my life that no longer needs to be there.

He peels away bitterness, hurt, pain, sadness, and unforgiveness. He changes me, just like the door was being changed before my eyes. When I allow Him to hold the tools, He will ALWAYS make my life better than it is when I am holding the tools. 

Isaiah 64:8 “Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” 

My mind drifted back to the day before when I was holding the sander in the hot October heat in South Carolina. I made little to no progress on the door that way.

But seeing how the paint just peeled away, I was amazed. I wanted quick results. I was going to hit the door hard, sand for hours and be done. But the Lord doesn’t work that way. The Lord is never in a hurry. The Lord wanted me to see that sometimes the best thing I can do is to just get under the sweet presence of His grace, and wait. Wait 3 hours, 3 days, 3 years, 30 years. He never tells us when He will move in our lives, but that is where faith comes in.

I am not finished with the door. After each layer of Ready Strip I put on the door it changes the door back to a closer version of what it was created to be, a beautiful, wood front door. Yes, maybe it was beautiful with the paint on it, but that is not what the maker of the door intended for it to be.

Our lives and our situations may still look messy, because God is still working on us, and that is OK! He continues to peel away the layers as we give Him access to our lives and fully surrender to Him. We may still have things that need to be worked out, but I am so glad I don’t have to do the hard work. I have a Father in heaven who loved me enough to send His own son down to die just for me. So I could have a personal relationship with Him, and know the power of HIS strength. And allow Him to be that strength in my life. He loves YOU just the same! He came to the earth so that ALL may know Him! What a wonderful privilege we have, to know the maker of the universe.

That is how we can look at our spiritual lives. We can’t expect to pray and read God’s word one time, or even a few times and then be all set. We have to continue to saturate ourselves in the Lord and the things of Him. Each and every time He uses His tools, His sweet love and grace, to peel back the thing that no longer need to be in our lives, we are then made more and more like Christ. We are changed each and every time! It is a daily process, something we must choose to do DAILY!

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