This is a poem I wrote called "This Old House". It's not about restoration of a house, it's about God restoring our lives! Yes, when you are down and out and in despair God can restore hope and bring joy back into our hearts!
By: Tim Gillam,
This Old House
There were once an old house that stood all alone,
it stood condemned but it was once a very beautiful home.
The street was hideous, it ran to a dead end,
it was one of the worse places that I’ve ever been.
There was no plant life only dry barren land;
the only things were there were rocks and blowing sand.
The structure of the house was completely falling apart,
but there was something special about this house
that really captured my heart.
I knew it was condemned and needed to torn down,
but I knew it could be saved if it was rebuilt from the ground.
Not long ago it was the most beautiful home you ever saw,
it was like a precious rare diamond without having a flaw.
Inside, there was a beautiful custom kitchen, bathroom, and den;
I couldn’t believe this jewel was coming to an end.
I said to myself, “there must be someway
to save this old majestic home,”
I felt it was possible since the foundation was still strong.
But there was no roof, windows, nor doors,
there were no walls or any floors.
It appeared to be abandoned forever,
but that was not the case,
not long ago it was once a very beautiful place.
Incredibly, the house got this way
because of one guy causing strife,
but I was confident that I could restore it back to life.
It appeared to be far beyond repair,
doing all the work myself was more than I could bear.
After receiving an estimate, I fell to my knees to pray,
because the job cost far more than I could pay…
I prayed, “O Lord,” I said, “please help me to restore
this old run-down home,
I believe it can be saved since the foundation is strong”…
“Indeed, this house can be saved though
there is not much of it left,
but because I AM a Master Carpenter,
I shall rebuild it from the ground Myself.
I shall not allow this house to be torn down;
it indeed has a solid foundation
when it was built on the ground.
Because of thy faith, I shall make
this new house thy reward;
the entire structure shall be fully restored!
I can restore it and give it life with the greatest of ease,
and after it has come to pass, thou shall be well pleased!”
He restored the old house and gave it to me, I’m so thankful He did all the work for free!
By: Tim Gillam,