underneath the crappola
spent the morning in the garage working on some old antique projects. there are things in stacks there and on shelves in the basement. i’ve acquired them over the years in various ways. auctions. garage sales. “here…i know you like old junk, and i don’t know what to do with it. you can have it.” so some of these things have been around too long with no time to restore them, and no obvious place to put them if they were restored. am trying to simplify a bit and let someone else stack them in their garage or basement. or if they can, find a place to display or use them.
paul pauley got me started appreciating antiques when i was in high school. he was an auctioneer and i sometimes helped him set up for household auctions, hauling things out of basements into the front and back yards for the sales. he taught me to look for and appreciate when there was something of worth under years of layers of varnish and paint and grime. life has a tendency to build up layer upon layer of gunk on things. sometimes on our lives as well. i still love to go to antique stores that have things of quality hiding under the layers of decades of existence. my wife sometimes cringes and says, “that is not coming in the house until it is cleaned up. and maybe not even then!”
in my work i try to look deeper than what’s on the surface. the surface can deceive. matter of fact, it often does. sometimes there is just junk wood. rotten. sometimes veneer. but sometimes there is substance of significant quality. hidden. protected from view. like this mirror frame in the photo. covered with sticky and dark old varnish, spider webs, even a little sparrow poop. but after a little work, a little attention, there is this beautiful oak scrolling that starts to come back to life…
when the scriptures say of our God, “behold I make all things new” i wonder just what that means for the old layered over parts of me. the places where substance of worth is buried. hidden. it’s not like He throws the old away and buys a new one. He makes it new. “good as new” as is sometimes said.
Lord, help us to find our way to the heart of things. the heart of who and what we really are. or really could be. to let the beauty that we were created with be visible. to let Your creative glory shine through us… “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Ephesians 2:10