Everyone loves a good story. This one is near and dear to my heart. It’s about second chances. It’s a story of transformation and it began in an unlikely place nestled in a small North Carolina town.
When a young couple went searching for their first home, they came upon a little red farmhouse. On the foreground of the property was a barn that had collapsed under the heavy weight of a winter snow. The old barn was an eye sore and in bad shape. As they drove up they paused and sensed something unique. What they saw was hidden potential.
The couple purchased the property and together with family and friends, began to explore the process of restoring the barn. They found much more than they ever dreamed. As they began to remove the debris they uncovered many unexpected life lessons as well. As the renovation project unfolded, antique toys and forgotten treasures were revealed. A knobby tree still grows in and through the walls, singing a soft wind melody that testifies to farm activity once there and salutes the new life now emerging.
Through the creaks, between the cracks, and deep inside the crevices, hidden beauty was unveiled from the rubble. With every dusty board removed, and every new plank replaced new life emerged and the broken down barn became a picture of redemption. It reminded the young couple of the joy of simplicity. It became a symbol of hope to those that had long lost hope. Could the old barn be gently whispering that maybe there’s hope for other kinds of brokenness, even yours and mine?
Restoration is hard work. It is an arduous task, but tending to broken things always is. With time and TLC, beauty emerged. It was waiting for someone to notice it, see it and reveal it.
People often asked, why renovate this crippled old place? Perhaps, like an ole time barn raising, it was meant to create an atmosphere of community and connecting. Could this barn possibly be teaching us the value in seeing beyond what is obvious to what could be?
Beloved, God sees. He is our El Roi, the God who sees, and absolutely nothing gets by Him. He will never just drive by. With a keen eye and a steady hand, our Carpenter-King notices and longs to restore the broken. He can rebuild a dream and recharge the soul and again make bountiful the dross, the unwanted and the waste of this world.
Much like this old barn, He sees great potential in you and me. He is actively working and boldly declares; I will make all things beautiful in its time. I will restore the years the locusts have eaten. I have loved you with an everlasting love and if you trust me, I’ll do a brand new thing. (Ecclesiastes 3:11, Joel 2:22, Jeremiah 31:3, Isaiah 43:19,) Our Lord Jesus Christ is the God of new things and second chances. He has come to give new life and give it abundantly. (John 10:10) Jesus is our Hope, our Redeemer, and our Restorer.
There are many lessons to learn from this repurposed barn, maybe one-day, y’all could stop by and sit a spell and see the fresh possibility and the new thing God is doing.