The other day I was listening to a podcast and the guest and host were talking about how we often want God to work in our lives like Ty Pennington in the show Extreme Home Makeover. We would like for Him to show up, send us off to Disney World, and bring us back once everything was fixed up and give us the keys to a new, happy, perfect life. The perfect Extreme Me Makeover.
I know that despite my desire for the quick fix, God is in fact doing an Extreme Me Makeover. He is transforming me, taking the run-down dump that is my life and making it into something new. But it doesn’t look anything like the TV show. He doesn’t do it while I am out having fun, but involves me in the process. He calls me to work through the junk in my life rather than just cleaning it up for me. And it isn’t always a pretty process –sometimes there is some very messy demolition required.
The good news is that He is working with me. He is showing which walls need to be taken down. He is strengthening the foundation, and putting in windows that let light shine where once there was only darkness. And this makeover isn’t for me. It is for Him, the one who is now dwelling within. He is taking this mess and turning it into a place fit for the King of Kings to inhabit.