I used to have a thing for baseboards. You know, that strip of bevelled wood tacked along the bottom edge of the wall.
It signified completion.
It meant that not only had the walls been insulated, drywalled, and painted, but that the floor had been finished too – whether carpet, linoleum, or tile.
My desert cabin sports metal framing studs, dusty exposed insulation (recently covered by cardboard) and even dustier carpet-remnant floors. There is no vacuum and no power to run it anyway.
This “temporary” condition has lasted for seventeen years – and my husband is a carpenter! The old adage “the cobbler’s children have no shoes” certainly applies to us.
But any third-world woman seeing my home would stand in awe.
Where I see rugs saturated with dust; she sees a solid floor.
Where I see unfinished walls; she sees permanence.
Where I am apt to look with disdain at my ragged mis-matched furniture, a mish-mash of various styles and stages of decay; she sees something to sit on, and – wow – a place for books and a vase of flowers and – what’s this? – a radio and a television and, oh, lovely, a treadle sewing machine.
Where I might look upon my surroundings as isolated and see only a dry, desert landscape; she sees freedom and a chance to breathe deeply without fear. A place her children can stretch and grow unimpeded by cramped living quarters, unsafe water, and hostile governments.
She would trade with me in a heartbeat.
It all comes down to our perspective, doesn’t it?
But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us therewith be content. I Timothy 6:6-8.
If baseboards encompass my rooms, or my walls get covered or not is irrelevant. It is I who must be encompassed by the Spirit of God.
It is I who must be covered – cloaked with the mantle of righteousness supplied by Christ alone.
Abiding in the Vine,
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