And do not be 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. (Romans 12:2 NKJV)
… the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. (Philippians 3:20-21 NIV)
And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV)
The Fitzpatrick Hotel is located in Washington, GA. It was built by John and Thomas Fitzpatrick in 1899. After a fire threatened to drain the life out of their hometown, the two brothers returned home with the intention of giving the economy a boost. Therefore, they not only built the hotel, but used it as a base of operations for their thriving businesses. Their endeavor was a success and brought economic life back to Washington.
Over the years, the hotel has had several owners and several name changes. As the economy dwindled, however, the building fell into disrepair, and would have remained that way, except that new owners rescued the structure, by cleaning, remodeling, and restoring it to its original pristine condition. Mike and Christy Todd, who are part owners, and attend our church, saw potential in the architectural and historical features of the old building. After a labor of love that took over two years, the hotel now sparkles and exudes the charm of ages past along with the comforts and technological advances of the present.
Outside picture of the restoration of The Fitzpatrick Hotel in Washington, GA
This inside restoration of the lobby at The Fitzpatrick Hotel in Washington, GA
When I saw the “before” and “after” pictures of the hotel, I was amazed at the faith and vision it took to believe in a positive outcome for the old building. I was reminded of the vision God has for each of us. He sees our underlying worth, our potential. God takes our dilapidated minds, our burned out lives and our decrepit old bodies and restores them according to His heavenly and eternal plan. We might give up on ourselves, but once we are His, He does not give up on us. Layer by layer and piece by piece He transforms us till our minds are renewed, our bodies are glorified and our spirits are remade in the image of His Son, Jesus Christ.
Dearest Heavenly Father,
You are our hope. You are the potter, the skilled craftsman, the author and refiner of our lives. With patience and diligence you scrape, polish, refine and rebuild the broken pieces of our existence. Sometimes the process is painful, leaving exposed, those hidden places we do not wish to see. When the work of sanctification is complete, however, we will shine. Forgive us when we run away from you, afraid of the painful process of regeneration. Today, we submit ourselves to you. We invite you to cleanse us, to remove the debris, to make us lovely for you. We even give up to you those secret places so long in need of tending. We open ourselves to you completely, claiming the freedom of full disclosure, and the joy of transformation through your tender mercy and grace.
In the name of Jesus, in whose image we wish to be remade,