It’s Underneath That Counts

 In Blog, Pam Cavanaugh

We live in an older house, and our bathroom floor was in need of much repair. My husband and son began to take up the old flooring. It wasn’t real bad on top but not the best. But when they got to what was underneath, that was another story.


We had a visiting pastor in  our pulpit, Eric Coher, last Sunday, and he made the statement: “God is sovereignly in control of the moments and minutes of our lives-not just the big picture. God’s purpose in our lives is always for the good, and He is ‘chiseling’ away to fulfill that in our lives.”


That thought brings me back to our bathroom floor. On top it didn’t look too bad, but underneath a lot of chiseling had to be done to prepare the floor for a better floor. It is a picture of my own sinful heart apart from Christ. I am so grateful that the Lord shows me in His Word just how much chiseling needs to take place. It’s underneath that needs to be transformed. By His grace and mercy, He reminds me through a simple project in my home of the need in my life to keep confessing and renewing so the ugliness of sin can be chiseled away to prepare my life to fulfill the purpose He has for me.


Jeremiah 4:3 tells us; “For the LORD said to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, ‘Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns.'” When we break up the fallow ground in our hearts, Christ brings repentance when we fall short.


“I beseech you, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.” (Romans12:1,2)


I want the Lord to keep chiseling away the things in my life that keep me from His will and from renewing and transforming me for His glory. Because it’s what’s underneath that counts.


For God’s Glory,

Pam Cavanaugh

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  • erika

    love this post on submitting to the Lord to chisel away the subfloors of sin/doubt/weakness… i also have wept at the sacrifice that William Tyndale made to bring the Holy Bible to the commonman… to me. I am forever grateful!

    Thank you for being an inspiration!

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