Dad asked me to help him and Gil get a rental property ready for a new tenant. We began the project the week before spring break. Little did we know, the world would be shut down only a few weeks later. What a blessing it has been to keep us busy and our minds occupied on something constructive with tangible evidence for our efforts.
I first cleaned the cupboards in the kitchen and bathrooms. Then, I began working on the windows. The previous tenants were heavy smokers, so we began wiping the ceiling and walls down as they were covered in nicotine. During this same time, I had to re-wipe the windows and cupboards as a fresh layer of soot covered them after the kerosene heater was left on overnight. Once everything had been cleaned and recleaned; we painted the closets, cupboards, windows, ceiling and walls. The only thing left to do on the inside was the floor. As dad and Gil put in new subflooring in one of the bathrooms, I began painting the outside window frames and surfaces. A few days later, they joined me and helped me finish the outside.
When I left there every afternoon, I helped Neil paint the outside of our home and lay new tile in the extra bathroom and storage room.
I admit I was jealous of all my team members as they shared how much time they had to sit at Jesus’s feet. However, I believe the Lord had me physically acting out what is going on in the spiritual realm.
My believe is the rental property represents the church. It took three of us working together to get it done. Well folks, we are no different. We should be acting as ONE body in Christ working in unity to make preparations for Christ’s return.
The cupboards symbolize cleaning out old mindsets and ways of doing things and the windows represented our focus. We as His bride have changed some, but we need to refocus our gaze back on His face and our minds back to our first love. The Lord used this pandemic to remove all the idols and make room for something new if we don’t miss it and return to what we did before this happened.
For years, the ministry has prayed for the church to leave the building…well…it’s an answer to prayer! It definitely looks different than anticipated, but thank you Lord for this opportunity!
I see the work down on the sub flooring and the floor represents reestablishing the foundation…and Christ’s love is that foundation verses religious law and works. Once all the surfaces had been wiped down, we had a blank canvas…an opportunity to do things God’s way verses our way…with our own agendas and the way we think God should move.
Once the inside was in order, then we were able to get the outside looking refreshed and like new. A beautiful example of how the Lord works in us. He changes us from the inside out. When our inside is cleaned up, our outside is much more attractive and draws people to us as opposed to repelling them, amen?
And I believe my house represents just what it is; my house. I need to get things in order in myself, my home, my marriage before the Lord can use me to the fullest! Lord, thank you for this opportunity of cleaning us up and preparing Your Bride for Your return!