Fair warning, this post has LOTS of pictures. :)
For the last two months, we’ve been renovating our bathroom. And not solely for pleasure. We had a leak in the drip pan. (Don’t ask me to explain it, because I don’t know how plumbing works.) My husband found it when he went under the house for something else. :(
Since the floor had to be taken up all the way to the joists, the walls had to be redone as well. But that was fine with me. I never liked the tiling in there.
As you can see, the tile is beige with darker accents (and matches the floor and tub surround, which wasn’t being replaced). I didn’t want to put the same type of tile in, nor the same color (obviously), but we still had to match the flooring. Somehow.
Here it is down to the studs. It was tiresome, dirty work, getting all the tile off. I could only do a little because the dust was so bad. My entire room was covered. When my husband got to the subfloor, we found that the original tilers hadn’t put in the proper flooring plastic thing (I forget its official name) to keep it from leaking.
Of course, before we did all this, we’d picked out the tile and scheduled the work. Thankfully, the company we hired (family friends) were very helpful in getting me what I wanted while still making it match.
And now, the final result.
Since we have 10-ft ceilings and I wanted the tile to go all the way to the top this time, I chose a large accent tile to break up the large space. I also didn’t want the useless bench again, but I did want something to rest my foot on to shave or wash my feet or even sit if the mood strikes me, though I doubt it ever will. lol
The tiles are mostly gray, but they have a few undertones of brown so that they match the existing tile. If you scroll back to the original pics, you’ll see there are tiles on the exterior of the shower. We decided, after talking with the tile guy, not to put the new tiles outside the shower except near the floor.
I love my new shower.
As I thought about this post, it occurred to me that my bathroom renovation is similar to a spiritual renovation. Tearing down the old man with his habits and sins is just as hard as tearing out that old, glued on tile. Sometimes a lot of dust (pain) is created, and it takes time. A LOT of time. But the good news is we have One who walks with us, holds us up when we get tired or frustrated, comforts us when the pain seems to be too much, and walks with us every step of the way.
But it’s worth it. We get a new man. Ephesians 4:21-24 says, “Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.”(NLT)
From this verse, we see that WE have to do part of the work, and then we have to LET the Spirit renew our thoughts and attitudes.
And here we see that we have to show the evidence of our salvation. Phil. 2:12, “Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear.”(NLT)
Being a child of God is not easy, but the work is not troublesome. And we have a helper.
And the result–being in heaven with Jesus–is worth it. :)
Have you done a home renovation or experienced a significant spiritual renovation?
EDIT PS. If I don’t respond to your comments in a timely manner, please forgive me. I woke with a raging headache that quickly turned into a migraine. :(