“Mudding resembles counseling.”
“What? Does that even make sense?”
“Let’s think…I’ll bet I can turn this into a good tactile illustration…”
This is (with a bit of editing) what crossed my mind as I was mudding the walls in my bedroom today. So, after a bit of thought, here is what I came up with:
Mudding, for those who are not familiar with the process, is part of the process of painting a room. It is a (the?) way to prepare a drywall wall for a new coat of paint. However, before getting to the mudding stage, the walls must be checked for holes, crevices, protuberances, and anything else that interrupts the smoothness of the wall. All of these must be remedied before the artistic work may begin. Sanding smooths out the protuberances. Mudding fills in the holes.
The mud itself is an interesting substance. Thick, white, and slightly odorous, it resembles its natural counterpart in consistency. The act of mudding is simple – using a drywall trowel, slap some mud on a hole or crevice, covering it completely. Then scrape away all the excess. After the mud dries and you sand the area, you are ready to paint!
There is much more detail in my description than can be successfully converted into an illustration. The basics are where I draw parallels. In counseling, ministry, and in relationships, people are not perfect (walls that need sanding and mudding). They have wounds, insecurities, character traits or habits they want to change in order to become their “ideal” person (holes and protuberances). Counselors, pastors, or friends love these people and have a vision for the person God created them to be (painter imagining the painted room). Thus, true counselors, pastors and friends take the time to know these people’s lives intimately, the good and the bad. These helpers work with the person in order to remedy each one of the wounds, each one of the insecurities, each one of those things that hold the person back from their God-given destiny as a person (the process of going over the walls, mudding and sanding). It is meticulous, painstaking work at times, but it is necessary work, and must be done with much love and sensitivity if the person is to truly overcome their obstacles and grow.
So there you have it. The thoughts of Rachel, home improvement style.