Exposed to the light


Have you ever tried doing detail work in a dimly lit area? It makes it much harder to do a quality job when you can’t see things clearly. Several times in the past year I have painted things, like wood trim, in the garage only to find it wasn’t done well when I took it inside the house.

The most recent project on our old home is the upstairs bathroom rehab. The bathroom is small by todays standards. To use the toilet in the sitting position placed a persons knees almost to the cabinet in front of them. Moving the plumbing is not a realistic option so creativity has kicked in.

Following the theme of “old is new” we have taken an old vanity that someone made from an antique dresser and repurposed it. Added a bottom drawer and a tilt out front. Along with that I modified an existing tall cabinet and gave it a fresh coat of paint.

In addition we replaced the existing light fixture with a new one. It was my idea to use LED daylight bulbs for better lighting. That is where things really became clear. As in every detail and flaw in the room is highly visible when the light is on at night. When I say every flaw I mean EVERY flaw. Countless wall touch ups and repairs from the last 100 years. Every ripple, paint run, and oops. Yet in some strange way it helps tie everything together and seem like it was meant to be that way.

It is clear why so many people run away from the light of Jesus. The Light exposes every flaw, sin, and shamefulness. The light of truth makes a person feel naked and exposed. But there is good news. Jesus love makes us new and gives us purpose. God uses our flawed, scarred life for a greater purpose. He brings everything together so it’s used for good.

There is a long way to go on this bathroom project. Kind of like my life. Still a work in progress, but changes for the better have been made and more are on the way.

Rev. Burt Schwab

About burtschwab

I currently live in Iowa, USA. My goals are to simply live life as a journey and embrace each day. I am married to a wife with similar passions and that makes me a blessed man.
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