I love the idea of re purposing things. I mean how great is it to be able to take some junk behind your shed and make it something awesome?? While pondering my excitement about restoring things I began to think about where that comes from. Is it some unique fascination I have with being thrifty? Ok, that could be a possibility. Is it the way I like to use up junk, or it is something deeper? I just finished the book of Revelation in the Bible and I love the hope that it brings in the last chapters to a wholly redeemed earth. It made me think about re purposing. It's as if our hearts were made for this. From Revelation 21:3-5 it says, "And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death' or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” YEA! The thing I was drawn to was the last phrase. I am making everything new. God is in the business of re purposing. He loves to take the things that have been discarded by the wayside and make them beautiful. It is not because of our own merits or goodness, but because of His goodness, sacrifice and awesome ability as Creator to make beauty from ashes. During this past Easter weekend I thought about how God could have scraped everything and started over. He could have just thrown the world behind the shed and started again. But that is not His way. He loves to redeem and maybe that is why we like to. It is a bit of His heart reaching through trying to teach us how He can make all things new. Like Easter. He took the ugliest thing on this planet, a cross, and made it a symbol of hope. I am pretty sure the Romans never would have hung a cross around their neck, in their homes or as an adornment. It was a despicable thing yet those who follow Jesus see it as a symbol of hope. He has triumphed over death so that it is no more. That is the beauty. I think we all want that.
We had a relaxing and enjoyable Easter and love having the kids really grow to understand all that surrounds it.
here. I had fun making it and it took about 45 min, seriously!
Along the lines of re purposing we have a great porch in the front of our house. I have seen pallet coffee tables all over the internet and knew my porch would be a great place for one. I had a pallet sitting behind our shed for a while and got it out. I sanded it and then cut 4 - 4x4's to 8" long. This was seriously the easiest thing ever and I love it. I screwed in 4 wood screws per leg to the underside of the pallet to secure each of the legs.
It really was quick and easy to toe nail the screws into the top.