Why I’m Addicted to “The Reveal”

Addicted to the HGTV Reveal

Most nights, I arrange my bedtime with HGTV’s “House Hunter’s International.” My husband, Dave, smiles as I insist that I can make it all the way through the program without falling asleep, even though he knows I’ll fall asleep before the end of the 30-minute program. What’s worse than losing an argument with him is not staying awake to see which of the three places the “house hunters” choose. I’m addicted to the reveal.

Maybe the reason that I’ve agreed to buy and renovate six fixer-uppers is to experience the reveal at the end. My husband loves the process–the tearing down walls and remaking spaces, but I love the results. Here’s a look our current home and its transformation.

The main floor bathroom before renovation.
The main floor bathroom / laundry room after renovation.
The main sitting room and kitchen walls before renovation.
The kitchen after walls were removed with the new island & counter tops.
The family room & fireplace before renovation.
The family room with the new roof, windows, & fireplace after renovation.
The 3-season porch after the carpet was removed & the floor was refinished.
Dave added the barn-wood siding. It’s one of my favorite spaces!

Addicted to the Story Reveal

I love “the reveal” in a carefully plotted story. In narrative structure, a reveal creates a surprising plot twist–an ending that you didn’t see coming. M. Night Shyamalan’s movies, like The Sixth Sense, Signs, and The Village, are famous for their surprise endings. 

Addicted to the Life Transformation Reveal

Life transformation ranks at the top as my favorite reveal. When Jesus takes a broken life and makes it new and whole, I want to shout. Last week, I sat across from a friend at a coffee shop, listening as she shared about the healing Jesus was doing in her life and marveling at the light in her eyes and the hope in her voice. Paul explained it like this, 

” . . . we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him.”

1 Corinthians 3:18 The Message

He used the word “transform” to describe the Holy Spirit’s work in us, like the change from a caterpillar to a butterfly. 

” . . . we all . . . are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory . . . ” 

1 Corinthians 3:18 NIV

Picture that reveal. The caterpillar wraps itself in a chrysalis and emerges as a winged, graceful butterfly. 

I’m beginning to work on my new book, Transformed.

Transformed will emphasize the transforming work of the Holy Spirit. I plan to share it here in 2019. 

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