I have really old pans.  And I never received or bought  a complete set before. Some were given to me…some I purchased at yard sales.  

But NEVER  a brand new set of pots and pans…

Until yesterday!

I’m kind of embarassed to admit it, but in the days after we ordered them, I would keep checking out the front window of our home to see if a big box,filled  with my pristine pans, was there.

Now, you really need to understand what my original pans looked like in order to appreciate the new ones!

They were dented, and their cooking surfaces badly damaged. Some were so scratched, we couldn’t use them at all anymore. 

My mother in law has pots like this, too. There is one pot where the handle has almost fallen off completely!  But, still she uses them.

We use what we have.

But now, I have a complete set! They all have lids that fit…their surfaces are pure and perfect.  even the very bottoms of the pans, the side no one sees, is shiny , new, and beautiful.

They are going to be used to make great food, and I can hardly wait to get started!

Those old, beat-up pans, though….

They are alot like us.
Some have had illnesses that have battered our hearts and  bodies…

Some of us are dented and warped by battles of all shapes and sizes….

Some are scratched to near uselessness from abuse and betrayal….

Some of us are desperately missing patience, gentleness, endurance, faith, or love…
There will soon come a day for those who believe, where we will be made new!

All damages GONE!

No missing pieces!

We will be made whole. 




The elderly, I’m sure, take great joy in hearing this.

But shouldn’t we all?

None of us on this side of heaven will EVER be perfect.  

And with each passing day, we are more painfully aware of our deficits and shortcomings. 

We will never be free from sin, or from all of the many consequences sin brings to all of us.

Until that day.

For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.

2 Corinthians 5:1-5

 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.

1 Corinthians 13:12

We are all groaning for a time when we will truly be COMPLETE. 

We are told to wait in hope for the day we will see Jesus, and the day we won’t be damaged, dented, and disabled.

Ever again.

Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord;
Lord, hear my voice!
Let Your ears be attentive
To the voice of my supplications.

If You, Lord, should mark iniquities,
O Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with You,
That You may be feared.

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
And in His word I do hope.
My soul waits for the Lord
More than those who watch for the morning—
Yes, more than those who watch for the morning.

O Israel, hope in the Lord;
For with the Lord there is mercy,
And with Him is abundant redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
From all his iniquities.

Psalm 130

Pans and Paradise 

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