what was

“I have always believed, and I still believe,
that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it
meaning and transform it into something of value.”

Hermann Hesse

(a once prized and regal chair now sits abandoned and discarded / Julie Cook / 2017)

this is a tale of that which once was….

Have you ever wandered through an antique store, thrift shop, rummage sale or a rarely
visited basement or attic….
finding things that harken to a different space in time?

Have you ever sought a treasure where others only saw trash?
Finding something of beauty hiding underneath the layers of grime, damage, neglect
and even abuse?

Have you ever wondered how something that was once so special and treasured
now sits shredded and torn, broken and sad, ignored and now forgotten?

I think we are very much like this chair.

Once upon a time we were energetic, full of beauty and grace…
Some of us were even stately and certainly noteworthy.
We were taken care of, kept clean, neat and ever so tidy..
Often we were paraded about by those who loved us
during those special moments of life.

We were treasured, cherished and the pride of others…

Then time and life took their toll.
And like this forgotten beauty, now broken, worn, tired and dirty…
we were passed over for things newer and shinier…
we had lost our luster and therefore were simply discarded, making way for the new…
as society deems us now less than….

But that is never how we are seen through the loving eyes of our Omnipotent Father.
Despite what the years of decay and dirt have done to us,
despite the brokenness, the raggedness, the age and wear…
He sees what was…
What was special, what was lovely and that which He had always intended…
that which was, and still is, beautiful….

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,
made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—
it is by grace you have been saved.
And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,
in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace,
expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves,
it is the gift of God—
not by works, so that no one can boast.

Ephesians 2:4-9

26 comments on “what was

  1. Lynda says:

    What a consoling and inspirational follow-up to yesterday’s post! There is hope and love and joy for all of us in the arms of our loving Father! Blessings on your day Julie.

    • and now to ponder about finding someone who can repair a chair 😉 actually two as it has a mate that looks equally as bad

      • Lynda says:

        I have a similar chair that we had reupholstered over twenty years ago. It belonged to my former spouse’s mother but when he left, for some reason, he wanted me to have it. Life is interesting for sure!

  2. It is by grace you have been saved through faith. Lovely, Julie.

  3. atimetoshare.me says:

    Stunning post and I love the chair. The possibilities are endless.

  4. I love having pieces of old treasures and love to wonder what the owners were like and what their lives were like. And if they are things from my family they are ever more special and beloved. Lovely post, Julie. 🙂 ❤

  5. oneta hayes says:

    Lovely analogy. It is wonderful what God can see in us and transform us to be like if we are submissive and obedient to him. Great blog.

    • thank you Oneta, as I have greatly enjoyed reading your blog as well—I comment from time to time so I hope you’ve gotten to read those comments as I hope I didn’t fall in the spam because I do that often on blogs for some odd reason… 🙂

      • oneta hayes says:

        Julie, I get likes from you sometimes, often enough that I remember, but I don’t remember comments. I always answer comments so if you have received no acknowledgement, something must be amiss. Of course, I sometimes write comments then push enter to send just as I do on FB. That does not work!! I watch more carefully. I do like interaction on my sometimes somewhat “controversial” issues. I admire this beautiful blog and your ability to make it so. Wish I knew more but it seems that I put that priority down below writing, reading, and commenting and just never get around to contacting the wonderful WP Happiness Engineers. God continue to use you as encouragement to your blogging friends.

      • check your spam bucket Oneta and I bet you’ll find all my comments–I remember writing a lengthy comment on the post regarding the driving issue…
        for whatever reason, I often end up in spam waiting for moderation…conspiracy I’m sure 🙂

  6. oneta hayes says:

    Julie, I can’t find you and I’m afraid now I might have sent you to spam. The “driving” post was called “Letting Go.” I double checked there – nothing from you. Tomorrow I’ll see if I can find “commens in moderation.” Don’t give up on me. 😀

  7. oneta hayes says:

    I’m going to post a 52 word writespiration tomorrow. If you see it put a Hi, There, or something in comments. I’ll watch for it. Maybe we can track down the problem. For now, Good Night. 😀

  8. SLIMJIM says:

    Man this is a very very powerful post. What a powerful analogy. That chair really is a symbol of us. You described what “once was” very descriptively.

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