I see this world is going through a lot right now. I see so much division, such back and forth on social media, it’s truly disheartening. We’re all facing so many different issues. I am here to really talk about a big one. I feel it’s time someone addressed it. I feel The Holy Spirit leading on this, so here it is.
The overuse of Chalk Paint. I know….I’ll give you minute. It’s a polarizing subject to discuss. To leave a project piece alone or slather it in chalky goodness? Both sides arguing back and forth with statements like, “Leave its natural grain alone!” Or maybe this beauty, “Paint it Dovetail Grey!” So I have to ask, “When will it end? Will we ever come together?”
I’d like to weigh in, again with the leading of The Holy Spirit of course, and He said stop! And I agree. Stop using the paint of the fallen angel known as Lucifer, aka chalk paint on everything! The Bible says that YOU are a new creation in Christ. But I have looked far and wide, from Genesis to Revelations and nowhere does it speak of a new creation with chalk paint on precious antiques and vintage ware! Set those brushes down!
I have offended some of you reading this with straight talk, haven’t I? You’re thinking, “But I saved this piece! I brought it to life! It was plain old oak and now it is Greige with Ecru drawers and crystal knobs that I got for 40% off at Hobby Lobby. It’s stunning. Jo Jo and Chip would be proud!”
Rest assured, I hear you. Yes, some pieces need your love, care and even chalk paint. And there is a right way to go about it. But many just slap that paint on because there is no prep work needed. It’s an easy fix to paint over all the trouble spots to make it look new, but underneath, it still needs a lot of work.
Now, we may or may not ever agree on whether to chalk paint or not to chalk paint, (seriously, 9 times out of 10 the answer is no!) but I do agree with the whole you (me) being a new creation part! We are God’s project piece. If you think about it, the process is kinda the same.
God starts with a special treasure that sometimes hasn’t seen its potential. That’s us! First, God strips away the layers we put on. The love of sin, being of ourselves and all the other things that tend to get in our way. Then He sands out all the stubborn spots. FYI, He uses a lot of sandpaper on me! He mends all the broken pieces, carefully putting them back together. He even strengthens areas that are weak. At this point we look a bit rough and exposed but we have a good strong foundation. To top it all off, God paints us with some amazing shades of…love, grace and forgiveness. He stands back and admires His masterpiece. We are beautiful! The potential was always there we just had to allow God to create the new. Now, we still may need some touch ups along the way, bumps and nicks tend to happen. Something might even break and need to be fixed. But He has all the tools to do so if we go to Him. He is such a skillful designer and we are His treasure.
A Beautiful Mess,
Jerri Lynn not Jerri
*The Holy Spirit didn’t really say to stop chalk painting antiques….or did he? Your choice to take that chance!