Sunday, 3 August 2014


In the near future, we are going to live in an old villa in the country.  The villa has been altered at various times in its history, resulting in a mixture of styles from different eras.  One of the interesting features of the house is the doors, which have a smooth modern look.  Most people would think the doors are not part of the original house.  The doors are in fact solid native timber with nice panels and have been covered with a thin veneer to modernise the appearance of the house.

The current state of the doors, remind me of an account in the Bible in the book of Samuel.  “......The Lord does not look at the things people look at.  People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Sam 16:7).  God chooses a young shepherd boy David, to defeat Goliath and become the king of Israel.  David completely relies on God for strength.

The God at the centre of this story is alive today just as much as He was in the time of David.  I have personally experienced the transformation by God from a “door” vulnerable to damage, to one with a solid timber core that has God has created me to be.  God has gently removed the veneer that I had and exposed a depth and dimension in my character that I believe can only be created by Him. 

There is a strength and solidity that have resulted from a faith in God.  There is also a hope in God that I can hold onto daily.  You too can start the process by simply asking God to strip back the veneer in your life and reveal the character, He has created in you.

Don McLean

Assembly of God

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