Saturday, September 29, 2007
This Old House
I don't know about you, but we've lived in our house for seven years and it's still unfinished!
Our house was built back in 1832, was bought by Eric's uncle in the 1960's and, when we moved in, the decor was circa 1970's. I'm serious, the carpet and wallpaper were probably older than I am! Pea green, avocado green, "flower power" wall paper. Very retro, very old!
Needless to say, A LOT of work had to be done before we moved in. In the process, wallpaper had to be scraped, flooring had to be ripped up, new carpets had to be laid, molding had to be taken down, changes had to be made in some of the electrical outlets, and the bathroom was completely gutted. When we moved in, the house looked 95% better. The only thing that needed to be done was hang the molding back up and put the light switch covers back.
It took, at least, 3 years for us to get around to putting the switch covers on and there are outlets that I still have no clue what they're for! The molding in the living room and our bedroom? Let's just say we'll one day have a grandson who will want to come over and do something for us. Grandpa will find the long lost molding for him and I'll bake him cookies.
I got thinking about these things this morning when my daughter noticed the "outlet without a purpose". What a blessing that I was able to share with my daughter how different heaven will be. Christ has gone to prepare a place for us. No detail will be left unfinished. And, best of all, it will never need to be re-done!!
Though we do our best to make our home clean and welcoming, I do realize some things look a bit unfinished, a bit worn, a bit old. (A house sometimes resembles it's owners!) But, it's a reminder to me that this world is not my home and there is a place waiting for me that is far better than anything I can imagine.
When you live in a house that's over 170 years old with things that, I'm sure, are still unfinished from the original plans, it helps you to keep things in perspective and look for that city whose builder and maker is God!