I’ve spent the last week decorating at home with my mum. It’s been a tad overdue but it’s finally getting sorted.
Personally, I’ve never decorated before or painted a wall. Sure I can paint a canvas, so how hard could it be? We’ve been living at this house for a good 16 years so I can’t say I’ve ever had the pleasure of making a room our own. But last August the opportunity arose to make ‘The Barn’ our own.
‘The Barn’ is the lean-to at the side of the house. It’s this funny combination of a shed and a conservatory that links the house to the garage. It sounds fancy, but it’s called ‘The Barn’ for a reason. It leaks, it’s moldy as the garage and it’s cold, but it’s secure. It also looked like a barn when it was occupied by mums old partner.
The Barn is now ours and with free access for the first time in years, we’ve decided to turn it into a proper room.
I’ve taken responsibility of painting the walls, and I can say I’m enjoying. I’ve consumed too many cups of tea and have acquired a fair few blisters, but there’s something therapeutic about it. There’s just my mum and myself painting with worship music playing in the background.
You see, The Barn contains a lot of memories. Sadly they are mainly negative ones I’d like to forget. Nothing bad happened in that room specifically, but it’s linked to a person and now it’s time to move on.
In the process of painting the biggest wall I had a God moment.
Every stroke of my brush was a small step into making The Barn a new place. It was transforming it from something old and broken, to something new and useful. In the process of this I was reminded of a particular verse in the bible
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
2 Corinthians 5:17
If you come to Christ, you’re a new creation.
God isn’t just going to slap a coat of paint on me like I have to the wall. He’s not just going to cover away the stains with a pretty color. No, he’s going to completely make me a new. If I allow him too, he’ll break down walls and make me into something far better.
It might take a little bit of time. I came to faith almost three years ago, but I can say with confidence that I’m a new person. Yes the old problems are still lingering, but you know what? They’re on the way out. In this past week I’ve grown so much in my faith.
A few years ago at New Wine, one of the speakers on an evening shared some teaching that still hits home today.
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
I was a new creation the second I gave my life to God. However, I need to be careful and stand firm in my faith in order to stay free. This has been so relevant this past week in regards to recovery from the ED.
Jesus set us free, SO STAY FREE!
I’ll say it again, Jesus set us free so stay free.
Yes, this will be hard. There is no way to get round the fact that we will be tempted to fall back into old habits and lifestyle choices however, if we keep our eyes on God we can get through it!
We still have a long way decorating The Barn but I’m enjoying it. I’m no interior designer so it’s not going to look perfect or professional, but it’s still nice to be getting the house back. In the end we decided to paint the walls in a pale neutral brown colour, nothing too bold or complicated. For what ever reason, my brother ended up choosing the colour for the window frames, this might not have been a good idea. I’m growing to like the funny green colour (you can see it in the photo above) but it did take some getting used to I’ll admit.
Who knows, maybe I’ll develop a love for interior design.