We’ve been remodeling our kitchen.
It was actually prophesied over us, back in the summer that a new kitchen was on the horizon.
So, we’ve been painting, and replacing old fixtures.
The kitchen is my favorite spot in the mornings.
I sip my coffee while hanging out with Jesus, usually listening as the birds chirp outside my bay window.
Sometimes they perch right in front of me on our deck rail.
They remind me not to worry.
I actually snatched that testimony and verse from my hubby.
It’s his favorite.
Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Matthew 6:26
We call them his birds.
I love watching them as a reminder of Father’s faithfulness.
Behind me, on this particular wall I’ve painted, usually displays my Love Declarations from 1 Corinthians 13.
It remind me, that,
Love is Patient…
Love is Kind..
Love is not boastful or jealous.
It doesn’t seem it’s own way.
But recently it’s been full of putty-
where the nail holes have been filled, and dust from sanding them down, cascades over the dingy green residue of the last paint color.
So, to say I was excited about the new color is an understatement.
So excited, that I hurried and snapped the pic and had to remind Dust to look past all the clutter on the island.
The new has come!
And then, came the Enforcer… of that Word.
“It’s a lot like the body of Christ,” the Holy Ghost suggested.
We had been at a leadership conference this weekend, connecting several different churches.
All with different views, and ideas about growing up.
Holy Spirit said,
“There has to be a Joy, set before all of us, to look past all of the chaos, and see the new!”
The new what?
The new man, that’s behind the scenes.
Behind the clutter.
The new man, that Jesus came to make us.
14 ¶ For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: Ephesians 2:14
All of us.
Brothers and Sisters, Jesus looked past all of our failures-
Past, present, and future-
To see the New Man that would emerge.
Look past, all the flaws and failures, with Him!
That was the Joy set before Him.
Let’s allow it to be the Joy set before us.