“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Cor 5:17
A couple of weeks ago I built a headboard.
Now…I should preface this story by freely sharing that I am no carpenter. To even call me an amateur would be a step too far. Nonetheless, in spite of my lack of training and questionable skill, I enjoy working with wood from time-to-time because it is a hobby through which I can express some creativity.
The quest for the new headboard began with Pinterest where, not long ago, my wife came across a design for a headboard that uses reclaimed, distressed wood.
I don’t have an account on Pinterest and I probably never will. However, if my wife is to be believed, some of the most amazing ideas in the history of ever are available on that website.
The design that she found made use of different sizes of reclaimed wood, each slightly reworked and stained to a different color, and then glued together to form a mosaic of distressed beauty. After looking at the design together, we agreed that we both liked it and we decided to give it a try…and so my foray into furniture building took yet another step.
I set to work taking measurements and finding the wood that I would reclaim for just this purpose. After about two weeks of cutting, liquid nailing, staining, sanding and sneezing, I revealed the finished product to my wife. Much to our mutual surprise, the end result was even more stunning than the original design.
As I was working on this project, repurposing the reclaimed wood that ultimately became part of the mosaic that is now our headboard, I began to wonder how much worn-out and used-up wood I had thrown away over the years. You can always tell when wood has seen better days. Its color changes, it begins to bend and warp, and cracks develop even in the middle of what would once have been a strong, beautiful, smooth and seamless piece of lumber.
Maybe that’s why I like this new trend in home decoration. Every time that I look at a piece of reclaimed wood, I am reminded that what makes it beautiful is the fact that it has been distressed by time, and worn through use. It is as if our culture is collectively remembering that there is value to the gradual gaining of experience that is the result of much use over a long period of time.
I hope that the next time you see a piece of distressed, reclaimed wood, you will remember that God is not finished with you yet. It is the gradual wearing of time, shaped by the Carpenter’s hand, that builds the kind of character that makes your place in God’s mosaic something that is even more stunning than the original design.
Take heart. You have been reclaimed.