What’s Behind the Mortar? {A Guest Post}

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I had a window put in today.  Well, let me rephrase that: I almost had a window put in today.

I don’t know how many of you have worked with contractors before, but many times they’re not the most reliable bananas in the bunch.  We’ve done a lot of remodeling in our house in the country cove, so I’ve had several run-ins with these guys.  It usually ends up the same way- I’m at their mercy and they know it.

The window guys were here, ready to cut out the wall, and all they needed was a brick guy.  Just one guy to remove a bunch of bricks so that the window would actually allow light to come through!  After all, windows are pretty useless when they have brick walls behind them.

Long (and stressful) story short, two days came and went, and I am still looking at a brick wall in my living room (Yes, I know that people in New York City would pay thousands for a brick wall inside, but this isn’t NYC, people!!!).  

Now, mind you, I’m not angry like you might think.  I wish things had ended differently, but I’ve been around this business long enough to know that it’s bound to happen.

You know, our heart are windows into our souls, into who we really are, into what makes us live and move and breathe.  Our hearts are windows, but many times they’re windows with brick walls behind them.  The light, the outside world, the lovely tree-filled backyard is just on the other side of the wall, oh-so-close, but nothing can penetrate it.  Nobody can see our beauty through the mortar.  It’s hidden deep.

And when the brick guy doesn’t show up to take it down, we’re secretly glad.

Too many times we’d rather hide our light for fear it will blind the eyes of those around us.  Even though our light is life-giving, we prefer perceived safety in the dark, hoping to keep everything and everyone at arm’s length.

When I finally get a brick guy here, he’s not going to bust the wall down with a sledgehammer.  He’s going to chisel away carefully, making sure he doesn’t damage the window on the other side.  And when he’s done, and light gleams onto my living room floor, he’ll carefully place the right bricks around the edges to protect the window.  There will be no holes left, and the driving rain and howling wind won’t be able to cause damage.

And when I let Jesus Christ take away the walls around my heart, He will come when I call and there will be no messes to clean up.

“He will bring down your high fortified walls and lay them low; He will bring them down to the ground, to the very dust.” (Isaiah 25:12 NIV)


Katie is a southern girl who spends her days loving her hubby and teaching high schoolers about commas and classics. She desires to cultivate relationships and serve her Lord with her whole heart. Oh, and she is slightly addicted to strawberry chapstick. Visit her writing home at Simply[His],  follow her on Facebook, or tweet with her Twitter.

 

 

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Comments

  1. An Older Lady says:

    My first time here on your blog. Please don’t take this as criticism but as a suggestion. Let me start with your quote here….”I don’t know how many of you have worked with contractors before, but many times they’re not the most reliable bananas in the bunch. We’ve done a lot of remodeling in our house in the country cove, so I’ve had several run-ins with these guys. It usually ends up the same way- I’m at their mercy and they know it.”

    Now first off, I am the happy wife of a construction manager of many years. The paragraph above is a little rough in my opinion. Just the label of being dishonest and typed to a bunch of bananas leads the readers to think you have absolutely no trust nor respect for the profession. That to me is sad. Especially for the honest, reliable, hard working contractors out there.

    Maybe its your ignorance of the construction process and contractual agreement that is really the problem. Maybe its your lack of understanding of small business contractors, which normally handles small remodeling work and how they have an obligation to all their clients. All clients are depending on them to give them their full attention but being small by definition, they are limited on resources and time.

    Consider commitments that you or your husband has made in his or your responsibility of work. Have you been able to give to others to the fullest extent and timeliness as you are expecting others to give to you?

    As far as being around this a long time… you are way too young to be able to say “a long time”.

    There is success and failure in all professions just like in human life. Mercy and Grace goes a long way in bridging the gap of disappointment and failure to reach a good ending.

    From an older lady.

    But, I will say this… I think your youth is what has caused your impatience and

    • Dear friend,
      I appreciate your words here. You’re right when you say that there are reliable, hardworking contractors out there. In fact, I had 2 at my home this week! They were here on time, and honestly, the work they did was almost perfect. They showed great integrity and I will definitely recommend them to anyone! Thank you for reminding me that I shouldn’t stereotype based on a few experiences. Blessings to you! :)

  2. Katie,
    Great comparison, and fab bio…teaching highschoolers about comas and classics. I must go like you on FB now.

  3. Beautiful post and beautiful analogy! I love that God carefully chisels away, willing to get His hands dirty. And I especially love that He’s protecting us all the while! Thanks for sharing your heart, friend!

  4. Katie, are you looking through the cracks in the mortar and seeing me? Beautiful write…written just for me. thank you.
    And thanks for sharing your space, Mary Beth!

  5. RedOakLane says:

    Beautiful post. Really thought provoking.

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