but hubby has bought enough for all but two of the rooms in the house,
plus hall, landing and stairway,
and is tearing away at the job.
Given that he's almost seventy nine, has horrendously bad and painful knees,
and problem eyesight, we progress fairly well.
For fairly well read, me constantly repeating my mantras,
"You have missed a bit",
(He does, and I can't help being a critic!)
" Why don't you take a break?!"
(He pushes himself, and I can't help being concerned!)
and me cleaning blobs of paint from places paint should never be,
whilst he works himself to a standstill.
It's not exactly spring fever, but something very like it.
I must admit, seeing the transformation he is making,
even those rooms I didn't think needed touching
really did need freshening after all.
Seeing the gleaming white window sill that has just been painted
against the yellowing frames that haven't, are pretty convincing.
Watching his preparation before he applies the fresh paper and paint
have made me think about this season of spring in the church's calendar.
(Did you know that Lent is an old English word for spring?
No, I don't think I did either.)
It would be so easy to cover over what's only slightly shabby.
Camouflage is so tempting.
Just keep covering what is underneath with another coat.
Sometimes hubby judges a simple wash down is all that is needed,
but a lot of the time he rubs the paintwork down.
Cleans out the old filling that's shrunk back,
or stands too proud. (Ouch!)
Then he puts in new stuff, and smooths it down so the cracks are gone.
Then, and only then,
as he deems the preparation is complete can the finish be applied.
Of course when we say finish, we know
at some point it will all need doing again.
I always enter Lent with thanksgiving that
even though transformation is a continuing process,
hour by hour, and day by day,
as we seek to live in Christ,
this special season gives us time to focus on a deeper co-operation
with the spirit's work of renewal.
All it takes is the humility, (or we could say the readiness),
to see the shabbiness that may have crept in,
and the little spots that need to be uncovered,
or emptied out,
in order to be refilled and renewed.
We do not need re-decoration as our rooms do,
but we all need opening to the deeper radiance
of an inner life that will shine through.
Well, I know I do.
So, away with any need for camouflage, or covering up.
I'm entering Lent with that touch of spring fever!
Wishing you a fruitful Spring,
or Lent, if you will.
Be Blessed this Weekend.