by Beverly Brown, Set Me Free Ministries Prayer Coordinator
The other day I was at a friend's, and because I had never seen her apartment before, she was giving me a brief tour. We went into her study, and my eyes immediately landed on a very beautiful desk. It looked exactly like a desk my grandmother used to have in her bedroom, and so I asked her about it. She told me that she and her husband had purchased it in the 1940s. It was one of those pieces of furniture that is timeless, and because of the master craftsmanship, it will most likely last forever.
When I left that day, I began to wonder whatever happened to Grandma's desk. And then I got this sinking feeling. There was an old blue desk that my mom and dad used to have in their den. My mom had this thing for painting furniture when she got tired of the way it looked. It was like getting all new furniture without spending the money. I called my sister and asked her if she knew where that beautiful wooden desk of Grandma's went. She thought a minute and then said the dreaded words: "I bet that was the desk Mom painted blue that sat in their den."
Neither of us know exactly what happened to that blue desk, but we suspect it was sold in a house sale when Mom moved from Illinois to Nebraska to be closer to me. I couldn't help but wonder if the person who bought it ever realized what a treasure they had underneath all that blue paint. I hope they did. I hope they took that desk home and began to strip away all the layers of paint to once again reveal the natural beauty of that old desk.
And then I began to think about other treasures that are hidden. How many of us have hidden treasures that have yet to be revealed because they are buried under something, hiding their inner beauty. Maybe you are like that desk. You were beautifully created by the Master Craftsman, but now you have layers of "paint"–hurt, abuse, disappointments.
I want to encourage you with this short blog to allow God to strip away, layer by layer, all those things that are hiding the person God created you to be. It may be a long and painful process, but when completed, you will be as God intended you to be–His treasure.
In closing I'll leave you with the words of Psalm 139:13-16, which gives us a glimpse of God's intention for you even before you were born.
For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother's womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Your eyes saw my substance being yet unformed,
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.