A sweet friend and I decided to trade this old nightstand for her vintage bench.
My friend wanted the nightstand to be navy blue with gold handles, and I got to work sanding and painting the piece, but every time I thought about putting those dated, tarnished, mirrored brass handles back on the piece, I was filled with dread!
Since we had no budget for new hardware,
I did some Internet research and found Bar Keepers Friend (BKF), which works wonders on many things, so I picked some up and started scrubbing.
One handle was particularly tarnished and after a great deal of scrubbing, I realized there was a gorgeous brass metal underneath! It almost looked like brushed gold! It was beautiful!
I was stuck with a dilemma. The BKF had cleaned up most of the tarnish, and the handles would be acceptable the way they were… but if I wanted a real transformation and uncover the shiny brass, I would have to put the work in and scrub all 10 handles.
As I sat pondering on what to do, the piece spoke to me.
“The hard work will be worth it!”
Yes, it would take a while, ruin my manicure and be a pain, but it would be worth it in the end.
Several hours later I had 10 shiny brushed gold handles and the piece looked amazing!
I couldn’t help but find a parallel to our lives in these handles.
As we journey through life, we become tarnished with sin, heartache and pain. It’s easy to leave the tarnish there thinking it doesn’t matter, but if we’re not careful it can ruin us.
It can be tempting to think that the tarnish is too much, that we should toss it out, and try to make something else work; but we can’t forget there there is something beautiful still there. Underneath our pain is a shiny, beautiful soul.
A soul that is worth it.
And putting in the effort and the work to repent, forgive and find that beauty again is always worth it.
But we can’t do it alone.
Phillipians 4:13 says “I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me.”
Through the atonement, Christ takes our tarnished lives and makes them shiny again, because we are worth it. It takes work on our part, and it’s not easy to repent, to forgive ourselves and others and to move forward, but it’s worth it, because we are worth it.
Just like these handles gave this nightstand new life, if we put the work in, no matter how long it takes, through the healing power of the Savior, we can find peace and uncover the beauty that is in all of us.