We’re currently in the midst of having our kitchen renovated. For those of you who’ve gone through kitchen remodeling, I can hear your kind words of sympathy right now. Thank you. Please pass along your condolences. I need all I can get! 🙂
You know what it’s like to have a kitchen that looks like this:
You know what it’s like to eat for a couple of weeks here: (in the garage)
And you may even know what it’s like to not be able to walk through your house because of this: (having to let the tile sit in stages!)
We’ve had to set up barricades, like this, to keep the pets off the floor:
I’ve had to move my coffee pot upstairs to my office: (In all of the messes, I accidentally used decaf for two days instead of regular! And boy, did I pay for it!)
Those five little letters describe my life in a big way over the past couple of weeks. The work of having to empty out cupboards and transport everything to the basement (which is now a mess of boxes and bags too). The dust, the dirt, the grind of the saw, the tromping of workers in and out of the house. The inconvenience of not being able to cook for two weeks.
On more than one occasion, when I was rinsing out a bowl in the bathtub or realizing I needed something that was packed away, I wondered why we decided to have our kitchen updated. Weren’t the green counters and chipped cabinets working out just fine? Sure the linoleum was sliced up and grimy, but it was still serviceable.
The doubts assailed me. Why was I putting myself through such upheaval?
I kept telling myself, “It will all be worth it in the end.” When all of the destruction and work is done, I’ll have a fresh, pretty, new kitchen to enjoy.
The same is true of life too, isn’t it?
Lesson: Usually we have to go through pain and grueling hardship in order to finally experience something that’s beautiful and worthwhile.
I’ve learned that lesson through running. I had to endure weeks of muscle pain before I finally reached a point of fitness where I could run with relative ease.
I’ve learned that lesson in my writing. I spent years studying writing techniques and wrote five full length novels before I was able to garner attention from publishers. Even now, I continue to labor hard every day to have a successful writing career.
I’ve learned that lesson with raising children. Over the years I’ve invested my life training and teaching my children. It’s taken incredible sacrifice, sleepless night, and lots of tears. But when I see the character developing in their lives, I know the pain has been worth it.
Isn’t interesting that with most things in nature and life, God uses difficulties, destruction, and sometimes even death to bring about new life?
So next time we face chaos (in the kitchen or elsewhere!), let’s remember that something good can come out of the pain.
How about you? Have you ever remodeled your kitchen? Or any room in your house? What’s the most chaotic thing you’ve lived through?
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