Fresh ideas, beautiful furniture, marvelous colors. I could watch HGTV or browse Pinterest for hours, inspiration washing over me in the form of Chip and Joanna Gaines. I’ve been known, to the weariness of my husband, to suddenly apply this inspiration to my own home. One of these inspirations came as a way to spruce up my kitchen countertops. Brand new granite countertops are not in our budget right now, but faux granite, now that I could manage! I quickly bought the granite resembling contact paper off of Amazon and began my project the afternoon it arrived at my doorstep. I applied the contact paper to my countertops with strategic movements and furrowed brows. I was thrilled with the results as I began finishing section after section of counter. As I neared the end of my project, I realized one slight problem, I had run out of faux granite.
A whole square foot short from creating what was supposed to be a finished, attractive, kitchen workspace.
The countertops looked gorgeous (as gorgeous as contact paper can), except for this eyesore square where the old, ugly, original countertop stood out like a sore thumb. After initial thoughts of annoyance, and begrudging feelings toward my math skills, I could not help but laugh. I sent the image to a few close friends and family, wanting to share the humor of the situation in the heat of my DIY moment. Go ahead, look at the picture. I shared it with you, too. You can laugh. 🙂
But then a quiet thought struck me, what about the other times I fall short, and not just short on DIY home materials? Times that are more meaningful and purposeful to Him than the condition of my kitchen counters. This verse ran across my heart, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3: 23).
I fall short in my relationships, my devotion to Him, my health, and on and on. Thankfully, verse 24 continues, “and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus (Romans 3:24).
Jesus died on the cross so that I may have grace. So that I can get back up when I fall short.
He redeemed me.
He redeemed you.
I haven’t covered the rest of the counter yet. It just seems like a beautiful reminder, every time I look at it, that I am a sinner who falls short, but I have been redeemed.
A good friend sent the captioned verse below to me when I showed her the finished product. 🙂