Growing up in the 1970’s meant a lot of household items were harvest gold and avocado green. From the appliances in our kitchen to the colors in our furniture upholstery. As the 1970’s gave way to the 1980’s color schemes changed, but bank account balances didn’t. Enter the slip cover.
Don’t like the color of your couch or chairs anymore? Cover them. Did your cat or dog scratch or tear the fabric? Did little Jimmy spill his grape juice on the seat? Just cover it. Slip covers were the inexpensive way to give furniture a new look and to give the illusion that you had something new. As long as the slip cover was on, no one had to face what was underneath.
Later, people started to realize their furniture might have “good bones,” but just needed an update. So people began to reupholster their couches and chairs. Pulling out and pulling off the old torn, worn fabrics and stained cushions and replacing them with new stuffing and pillows, as well as a new fabric. The old piece becoming a new piece.
Sure, not everyone could reupholster furniture. A Restoration Expert will come in to do the work. The time, money, and occasional discomfort of watching someone take the couch apart to its very base structure is worth the end result.
Faith is like that.
There are those who would rather cover their issues with the illusion of having changed, instead of dealing with what is underneath. Covering the stain, instead of removing it. But, like anyone who has had a slip cover on their furniture knows- a lot of time is spent retucking the cover, readjusting it so it looks straight. It seems as if a person is fidgeting all the time, afraid someone will see what he or she is hiding. Eventually, the slip cover no longer is able to cover all that is underneath and the truth comes through. The illusion falls apart.
However, we can invite Jesus, the Restoration Expert, to come in and take out all of the stains, tears, and worn spots. Replacing them with new stuffing, new batting, and new fabric. When the restored piece is seen now by others, the common response is that the piece is unrecognizable as the old piece.
Behold, the old has gone, the new has come, (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Neither do people put new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved. (Matthew 9:17).
O, Best Beloved. Will we try to keep our brokenness hidden, fidgeting and tucking all the time? Will we call out to the Restorer of our souls and ask for new to be placed where the broken has been? It is a decision that needs to be made.
Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen (Hebrews 13:20-21 ESV).