Wallpaper

13 08 2015

The wallpaper had to go. Outdated and showing the signs of being the backboard for any number of boys’ balls, it was time for the baseball-inspired wallpaper to rest in peace.

I gathered my tools, climbed the ladder, and began the process of “off with the old, and in with the new.” As I started, my creativity took flight as I imagined fresh paint, warm colors, and beautiful charm taking shape in the space.

That lasted about six minutes.

The wallpaper didn’t want to come down. The old adhesive proved more durable than I imagined. I peeled, scraped, scored, and sprayed in an effort to expose this section of the wall to something more desirable, but it resisted transformation. I finally succeeded in getting a corner loose and, with some sense of satisfaction, yanked the piece of stubborn paper from the wall. Progress, I thought. But there, under the baseballs, was another layer of wallpaper. Spaceships, this time. I had forgotten.

Standing on the ladder, peeling away layers of glue, I saw a picture of my soul. Transformation always sounds appealing in the beginning. But looking like Jesus  always involves the hard reality of stripping away the old in order to make way for the new. But my sin is stickier than I realize. It is more durable, more tenacious, and more comfortable than I would like to admit. And just when I think that maybe I am making progress, another layer of selfishness, coat of pride, or sign of shame peeks out from underneath.

My Jesus Resolution today is to watch my Savior and redouble my surrender. His blood is the perfect antidote for sin’s sticky residue. His power can pull away the guilt that clings to my soul. He is not discouraged by the layers of old, worn-out, stained, and tacky that too often seems to define who I am. He wants me to look like Jesus. He can see the beauty and potential of what lies deep inside, and He delights every time I open my heart, inviting His transformation to unfold in me.


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13 08 2015
Ruth Loftin

Wonderful article. Thanks so much!

16 08 2015
Cherry HOLSOMBACK

Hi Casandra
I met you in Pineville, LA when you came and was the speaker for our Ladies Day not Long ago. I was wondering if you could suggest one of your books for us to use in our Tuesday Ladies Class. Some of these same ladies have used some of your books before on Sunday in their class. Some of the ones already done were on Paul’s Missionary Travels, our Father in HeavenTeach Us To Pray, That You May Believe, The Gospel Of John,and Fragrance of Faith. We have done Paul:By the Grace of God twice! We love to use your books for study and classes. Would you recommend a favorite for us to use? Most of in class are 50 plus in age but may have some younger adults attending this session that are in their early 30’s. Thank you for your input!
Cherry Holsomback

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