Recently I worked on a project for a neighbor who wanted her picnic table painted. Sounds like a quick and easy job, right?
Not so much.
The old paint had been flaking off in spots, leaving an uneven surface. And some of the wood had pretty significant rotting.
Most notable was one of the lateral support pieces and the top of that set of legs. The worst parts crumbled if you touched them.
The top boards were no longer connected to the rest of the table because they had nothing to hold on to.
I advised her that it would be easier to just get a new table and scrap this one, but this particular table had sentimental value to her.
Now, it was personal.
So I set out to see if or how we could restore this table. I cut away the rotted pieces, screwed in new supports, and added bracing so the table was once again strong and stable.
After a good sanding, the surface was ready for a nice chocolate brown paint.
Here is the finished product:
My neighbor was ecstatic and moved by the end result. She said the table had been “Brought back to life.” Most people would have looked at the mess and sent it to the junk pile, but because it was personal, we put the effort into reviving it and it turned out fantastic. And that uneven surface created a beautiful pattern that gave it character.
Isaiah said that Jesus came to bind up the brokenhearted and to rebuild the ancient ruins. No matter what has happened or what state a person is in, God takes it personally. He will never give up on you.
There is no pain you have experienced that Jesus cannot heal. There is no pit of sin so deep that God cannot pull you out. It is never too late. He can do so much more than add some support and a fresh color. God is life and He is in the business of restoration. He can breathe new life into any willing heart. He can strengthen weak legs. And in Him all things hold together.
Whether your life is falling apart or you just need a new splash of paint, Jesus is more than able. The One who was a carpenter is also the Resurrection and the Life.