April 22, 2014 by Kara Nichols
From mismatched socks to my beloved grandma Ethel’s red vase: everything I own is in the garage right now. We are ripping out the 14 year old carpet and putting down fresh laminate flooring. This transformation is long overdue and I’m one step closer to this apartment feeling like home instead of just a place to crash. I’ve been putting off the remodel for awhile now because I wasn’t sure how long I would be staying here. Well, it’s been four years and I have no plans to move, so it’s time.
Staring at the dozens of planks stacked up in my living room I can’t help but see a comparison of this old ratty stained carpet and my heart before surrendering to Christ. Used and abused, I longed for redemption and looked for it in romantic relationships, buddhism and alcohol. My heart was worn down and broken. But when I cried out to God He responded and ripped away the old stains of my heart and laid a fresh new life in it’s place.
Now that the process has begun, you couldn’t pay me to keep this junky carpet. Just like you couldn’t pay me to go back to my old life. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says that “if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” If there was ever a verse that rings true to my spirit it’s this one. I know how dark and ugly my heart was before God. One benefit of becoming a believer as an adult is that the renewal is dramatic and powerful.
After the carpet is ripped up and before the new flooring is installed, I plan to write some verses with a sharpie on the foundation, starting with 2 Cor. 5:17, because seriously, the old. is. gone. and the new is here.