Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Useless or Useful?

When our farmhouse was built in 1912 the average person simply did not own the obscene amounts of clothing that are common to U.S. citizens today, thus closet space was not considered a necessity - especially for country folks and farmers.  Although our home had an extensive remodel prior to our purchase, it still has only two closets.  Ever since we moved in I've wanted a wardrobe for the guest room.  I knew that finding one that was short enough for the dormer ceiling would be a challenge.  I prayed a short little prayer asking the Lord to bless me with one that would be the perfect size and fit for our guest room.

Last week while doing some volunteer work I found an old, battered wardrobe that had been discarded in a barn.  I asked if I could could have or purchase it really cheap.  They couldn't believe that I wanted the old, dirty, beat-up thing - so they gave it to me for FREE.  We hauled it home and cleaned it up with 1/2 c. Murphy's Oil Soap to 1 gallon water and two coats Liquid Gold furniture polish.  When we are buried under snow this winter, I plan to haul it down to the basement and completely refinish it.

before cleanup

after cleanup & in it's new home
 Just for grins and giggles, here are a couple more photos of our guest room.

reading chair & chest of drawers

 writing desk & dressing table

Cleaning up this old piece of furniture got me to thinking.  Many years ago my own poor life choices had left me pretty battered up and discarded.  I was unwanted and had been thrown away.  BUT, just like this old wardrobe where others could no longer see it's usefulness or any of it's hidden beauty, God saw.  He hauled me home, applied some soap & water, a little polish and throughout the years He's been refinishing and restoring me.  When others couldn't find any purpose in me, God found many.  When others discarded me, God retrieved me.  When others looked at me and said, "Yuck", God looked upon me and said, "She's just what I've been looking for".

So, useless or useful?  In God's eyes all are a gifted treasure.  His greatest desire is to welcome us home to His loving care for cleanup and restoration.

Isaiah 61:3 - "To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified." NKJV


  1. You are so amazing at rejuvenating the old and tired. Just like God does with us. You hit the nail on the head! Blessings to you Mrs. B.

    Love you BIG!!

    Mrs. A

  2. I would much rather an old piece given a new life than brand new.. wonderful post,everything old is new again with love...

  3. I have many old pieces that no one else wanted that came from my great-great family members homes. I cherish them. Love your illustration. What an awesome thought to linger on! Blessings to you!! (also, if you happen to visit my blog you will see it is set to private. It is a temporary thing due to some odd traffic but I'll be back soon!)

  4. Hello Charmin,

    I'm am always so blessed by your faithful reading of my blog and your encouraging comments.

    Until next time,

  5. Hi Carole,

    I agree with you about reviving the old vs. replacing with new. Most times the construction of the old is a much higher quality than the new. And yes, God's love has the power to make all things new again.

    Thanks for the visit and comment.

  6. Good Morning Lisa,

    Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I look forward to when your blogger issues are resolved and I can visit your site again.



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