Stuck in my Hometown

HGTV is my favorite channel on TV, and I love to watch Hometown. The show is centered around a couple who for the love of their little town, Laurel MS, have made it their mission to fix it up one home at a time.  I love to imagine what the little old houses will end up looking like; and, I am always amazed at the transformation.  This power couple definitely has skills!  The show reminds me of a great passage in Isaiah regarding the “Master” Craftsman.

Is. 41:6-10 says–

“Everyone helps his neighbor and says to his brother, “Be strong!”  The craftsman strengthens the goldsmith, and he who smooths with the hammer him who strikes the anvil, saying of the soldering, “It is good”; and they strengthen it with nails so that it cannot be moved.  But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, the offspring of Abraham, my friend; you whom I took from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest corners, saying to you, “You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off”; fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

–“Everyone helps his neighbor and says to his brother, “Be strong!”

I don’t know about you, but in times like these we need to think about what we can do to improve the welfare of others.  We need to step up as Christian brothers and sisters and lend a helping hand, or encourage, or pray for the needs of those around us.  Maybe, we can improve the lives of others in the same way that Erin and Ben have improved the homes where they live.  For example, you could deliver groceries on a door step, or let someone know you care by cleaning or fixing things for them.  By finding ways to share God’s love, our community can become the beautiful transformation God had in mind.

–“You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off”

If you watch the show, you will see how important it is for Ben, the carpenter, to re-use old wood from houses to make something new out of it— “a piece of history.”  In the same way God will never “cast us aside,” and if we accept Jesus as the Lord of our life, he takes what is falling apart, and makes it lasting and brand new.

–“Fear not, for I am with you”

On Hometown the hosts walk through the houses before and after the renovation.  I love how the producer shows the before and after pictures of each room at the end of the show—what an improvement!  Before, during, and after the storms of life, whatever they may be, we need not be anxious.  Never fear, the God of the impossible is here!  We do have reason to feel unsettled when trouble comes on a global scale.  However, Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God.”  I promise, God is going through it with you, and will see you through to the other side of it—and only he knows the outcome.

–“I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”

This is one of my favorite verses because it is so comforting.  And, we need comfort in these difficult times.  With such uncertainty (literally) “in the air,” we need only look to God, where our strength and help comes from.  He is holding us with his strong, sure hand, just like he is holding the whole world together.  Just like the cute song says: “He’s got the whole world in his hands.”  He’s got you and me and everyone in the palm of his hand and he’s not letting go.

 

 

 

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