I like to find old vintage treasures. I might be looking for a piece to add to a set of dishes, or a furniture piece, or kitchen utensils that remind me of grandma and my mom, cups, or even a piece that just seems beyond help, but catches my eye. It is a hobby of mine and I do it often. It is also fun to share pieces that I find with others that I know are looking for it. I have a great friend who watches for pieces for me too. Love it! I am very fortunate that my hubby enjoys it also, so we make that a part of our trips out. He goes to the books, and on occasion, has found a few other cool items for me. We enjoy doing it.
So… my latest find was a silver tea/coffee pot. It was in real bad shape when I got it, but I thought it was real silver, and it was certainly a good price at $3.00. The other reason it caught my eye was the simplicity of the piece.
Here is what I found that most others would have probably passed by. Do you notice its darkened, rough look? The inside was in great shape, but there were stains, not just tarnish on it. I didn’t think I was going to be able to get it back to any “normal” state. It looked pretty hopeless.
I tried one silver cleaner on it but still wasn’t happy with how it looked. So after the 3 tries, I told my hubby this isn’t working right. It looked a bit better, but you could still see the stains. Then, he brought another one he found, which I was looking for before and couldn’t find, and I worked on it with that cleaner 2 times. It is was a very pretty style and there had to be a way to get it back to its original creation. I gently rubbed, let the polish dry, and buffed it out again. After the two times, I said, “There you are! I knew you had to be in there somewhere under all that stain and tarnish!”
As I was enjoying the fruits of my labor, it just made me think about how much like that I am, and maybe you. I get all tarnished and stained up from the things in my in my life that I experience, or try to control, or hurts from others, and even decisions that I have made that have made my way harder. It builds and builds, until one day you notice that you have lost your joy, or your sunny personality, or your “want to”. Then along comes Jesus with His oh so gentle touch, to buff off a little here and there, to help me lift my head up again. It’s not pleasant, because there are times that those gentle buffings, and sometimes not so gentle, rub me the wrong way. It doesn’t feel good. It may need to come off, but still…However, in His mercy, He can’t always do it all at once. He may have to do it in layers. He will gladly and graciously bring me back to a place where my light can shine, my sins are lifted off of me, and my joy returns.
Have you ever noticed that it is hard to polish silver without getting some of the tarnish on you? Think of it this way…as Jesus buffs off the tarnish, He takes it upon Himself, so that we can shine. All our ugly stains and dark stuff is taken upon Him and it leaves us shining like the silver tea/coffee pot that I purchased.
I am enjoying this piece, as well as the message I was given as I cleaned it. I feel pretty special after realizing that no matter how bad I look or act, that He will take it all way and fix me up again to get back on track. I don’t need to feel guilty about it either, because if I come to Him with it as He says to do, He removes that from me. Isn’t that a great analogy?!?!???
I hope this speaks to your heart today as well. Don’t let it build up in you or on you. Turn it over to the Master and He will make something beautiful out of what looks to be impossible, or like something that is thrown in a bin because it’s not wanted anymore. You ARE wanted, and He is ready to make things new every morning for you! It’s never hopeless. Remember that.
What needs to be cleaned and buffed out in your heart and spirit today?
Until next time…