It’s officially official. I am about to go drop off a slew of laundry baskets (our mode of living for the month or so) into our new home. We are beyond relieved and thankful that we will be unloading our stuff tomorrow with the help of 20 college students from the Southeast. Let the nesting begin!
With a new house comes new potential and spaces. Translation: let the thrifitng and craigslisting begin. You know I love me some thrift stores, and goodness knows my husband can get sucked into the Craigslist vortex. I think what is so contagious about these things (aside from the financial savings) is the thrill of seeing old things from new eyes. There is something about seeing past dings and dents and years of stains and dust and wear and watching something beautiful (or at least functional) emerge that gets in the blood.
New perspective or a recovery of the original perspective changes everything. Peter understood this when he was writing his first letter to scattered and struggling Jewish Christians. These dear friends of his probably wanted new circumstances, probably thought that returning back to their homes, their cities, their customs, their ways of life was their greatest need. But Peter saw an even greater need. They needed to have new perspective (or rather be brought back to their former perspective) on who God was, who they were, and what their life purpose was.
You see, the years of affliction and the wear and tear of life and suffering and disappointment and tiredness had built a thick film over their eyes, and their vision was not what it used to be. Peter is trying so hard in his letters to strip back the layers of paint and stains and dust that were accumulating on their treasure. He is using all the force of language and their heritage and their favorite writers (the Hebrew scriptures) to give them their old perspective, to give them new eyes on a tired treasure….them.
They had forgotten the value that God, their father, had placed on them.They had forgotten that He paid the price of a perfect Son for their sad estate, that He had changed them and given them incredible, eternal purpose. They were losing hope and purpose. They were feeling and looking and acting like five dollar yard sale steals.
Peter begs them to see themselves and their situation as they had years back, when they were first bought, reclaimed, refinished, repurposed, and treasured. He says, despite all the wear and tear, the failures, the stains they had acquired since then, they were still God’s treasured possession, His chosen people.
New perspective changes everything.