Hollianne and I scored a “big pick” many years ago.
We found an 80 year old piece of furniture buried deep in an old barn in Greenfield, Tennessee. It had probably been placed there decades ago. And forgotten.
It was covered in dust and straw, but we could see the potential in it. A quick wipe with a wet cloth showed the deep, rich wood. It would be perfect for our dining room.
But life got in the way. Our family was growing and our jobs got busy. We never got around to restoring that old piece of furniture.
It sat in a corner. Over the years it picked up lots of nicks and scratches from pets, indoor basketball games and tricycle crashes. It was in plain sight, but we had forgotten it too.
We recently moved and finally decided to have it restored. It was delivered to our home yesterday.
We couldn’t believe our eyes. The old wood shines with a new mahogany hue. The brass pulls and handles glow like a new penny.
It reminded me of my own life. Times I’ve felt forgotten and neglected. And it was a painful reminder of the times that I’ve neglected someone….or forgotten about their value.
We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. Romans 4:6
We all have blemishes and imperfections. We are forgotten…or we choose to neglect.
But Jesus restores us and brings out the inner beauty.
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 2 Peter 3:9
But God loves is anyway. He loves us despite our faults and failings. We are restored through his son Jesus.
And those that we’ve neglected because they’ve hurt us? We need to remember that God loves them too.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. Romans 3:23-25
My prayer this week is to work on the pain associated from being forgotten. And to also work on my attitude toward those I’ve neglected.
And let me know how to pray for you.