As we restore the house we have been peeling wallpaper to prepare the walls for painting. The house was built in 1910 so there are five layers of paper on the walls and at least three on the ceilings. I have enjoyed the work, seeing the paper from previous eras, including the original paper from 1910.
As each layer is pulled back I have thought about how God takes us and restores us to what we can be with His love and attention. The bare walls with all the opportunity, potential, and possibilities compared to old, worn, paper, left to time and neglect.
We can allow others to paper us with what they want us to look like, what they want us to become, or we can allow the Master Carpenter and Creator to make us into what He knows we are to be.
Beautiful, encouraging, refreshing, even pulchritudinous because of His touch, His ability to draw out of us what we never knew was inside.
We are created in His image (Genesis 1:27), precious to Him, (Isaiah 43:4), we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14), we are His (Psalm 119:94).
I pray I will be brave enough to allow the Master to create in me all He knows I can be, to allow Him to pull back the layers of what others have said I am, to become who He says I am because of His Son, Jesus.