Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2 (NIV)
I have a problem. Aliens have abducted my husband and left me with someone from the Home Improvement television station. I am not sure when the kidnapping happened. I think it was while we were on vacation. I did fall asleep out on the dock by the river. Maybe they took him then. Or, maybe it is really my husband but the chlorine fumes of the hot tub altered his brain cells. My husband hates to paint. He hates looking at color samples and wandering around Home Depot searching for molding and sinks. My husband would rather fix up a car or motorcycle than focus on interior design. He walks from the backdoor to the bedroom and doesn’t look right or left. Placement of artwork or candles holds no interest to him. This new creature seems to have been inspired by the beautiful walls of the rental house. He fell in love (well, maybe fell in love is too strong of a phrase), he was attracted to the single extra deep kitchen sink and the garden tub of the mountain cabin. While away, he made mention of the fact that we really should paint our living room and that was all it took. I was off and ready buying ten gallons of paint on the first pay day after our return. One room finished and then, the rest of the house looked shabby. We moved on into the hall and bathroom. Now, we are analyzing our kitchen. That will be a bit more challenging. There is a hole in the drywall where someone, (yes, that would be me) had a fit and threw a roller blade into the wall. There is another hole where someone else (not me) pushed a chair into the wall. I am ready to paint, but will have to wait until the drywall can be repaired. That doesn’t mean I can’t start the baseboards and trim though. The men at Lowes think me strange. I chose a paint sample and ask for it 50% darker. They probably think, “Lady, we have thousands of colors here, couldn’t you just find a sample that is exactly the shade you are looking for?” We are now pricing new sinks, garden tubs and carpet. All the things I have wanted to do for years, but was too afraid to start because I knew once we cleaned up one room, we wouldn’t be able to stop until the whole place was renovated. It is a lot like getting rid of sin in our lives. We know something is wrong, but keep doing it because it seems too hard to let it go. But, when we do, we are pleased with the change and then, find something new to work on. God kindly reveals only a little at a time, otherwise, we would despair over ever being transformed. Soon, I am going to go looking for my husband. But, I am going to wait until this imposter finishes painting the house.