Monday, June 27, 2011

Repurposed

As the 100+ degree temperatures beat down on our backs, my husband and I pressed toward our goal. This labor of love began about a month ago and we were finally in the home stretch. Remember me mentioning the fire pit project we began last month? Yep, this is STILL the same project.

Today we complete the final step, filling in the cracks. We were planning on coloring mortar to fill the cracks but it just didn't have the natural look we wanted so we created a new plan. We decided to use decomposed granite instead. I wasn't familiar with it, but online research proved it would be our best option.

I don't know if you're familiar with decomposed granite (DG) but it's basically chunky sand. The grains aren't as small as fine sand but small enough to get into little spaces. Once you compact the DG into the crevices, it will harden and act like a mortar.

As I sat on the flagstone pressing the DG into the cracks I felt a little sad for the granite. This was once a strong, solid stone created from magma. It's highly sought after for construction because of it's strength. I've seen such beautiful things made from granite and now it's here filling the cracks of our fire pit.

What a reminder of how temporary the things of this world are. The earth quakes, mountains fall into the sea and something as strong as granite decomposes into sand. Oh, how often have I built hopes and dreams on shifting sand only to have them fall apart! Building our lives on anything but the rock of Jesus Christ is meaningless, a labor in vain.

While I was feeling bad the granite had lost it's prestigious stature, I was extremely thankful for the job it was doing for me now. When you pack the DG into the cracks and give it an hour or so, it does become hard. That's exactly what we needed! Although the granite was no longer a strong slab, it was still useful for something else.

Do you have a ruble pile of broken dreams or ambitions? Even if it hurts you heart, you can take the pile to God and ask Him to use it for something different. Our broken stones can create a pathway for someone else to walk on. He can make it something beautiful...

Be blessed,
Jennifer

“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.” Psalm 18:2

2 comments:

Julie Garmon said...

This is beautiful, Jennifer. What a great life metaphor. Love it!!

Jennifer said...

Thanks Julie. I am so glad it was a blessing to you!

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