The remodeling is just about finished in the aftermath of the apartment fire. Isn’t “aftermath” just the perfect word? As in “the math you have to do after a fire.” Figuring out the damage, listing the furnishings, calculating the costs of replacements, etc. Lots of math. The afterwork has certainly been even more extensive but now it’s nearly completed, too. Walls, ceilings, floors, cabinets, lights, switches, outlets, all wiring–everything you can see and lots of things you can’t see have been replaced. Yesterday brought about the official certification of completion: final inspection by the electrical inspector.
All of those circuits, the panel, each outlet, switch, appliance, light, and smoke detectors have now passed final inspection. The apartment is now approved for occupation. I guess I could say it looks like a new apartment but in regard to everything but the supporting framework and structure, it is a new apartment.
The “remodeling” of our souls and spirits goes a bit deeper, including the reworking of not only the surface aspects but the hidden ones as well. Such things as attitudes, beliefs, dispositions, and thinking are also reshaped by the hands of the Carpenter. One day, that work, too, will be examined and judged. But in our case, the one who has been doing the work will do the final inspection. One who does not hide faults, sins and shortcomings but rather covers them with his own blood.