Have you noticed all the construction going on lately? Maybe this is only around the areas I have to travel, but it seems like everywhere I turn, the roads are no more, sidewalks are huge ditches, detours rain in abundance, and delays last for miles and hours.
I've been talking to God about some of these things, and I want to share with you just a portion of what flowed from my pen as I wrote. I pray it encourages you on this rainy (in So Cal) morning!
When I look at all the detours, construction workers holding up their signs telling me to slow down or stop, and all the rerouted traffic in every direction, I can only acknowledge the obvious:
When we want to see God do new and beautiful things in our lives, many things have to get torn up a little bit
and thrown all out of whack. Even things that we prefer to keep just as they were. It’s inconvenient, dusty, dirty, and messy but it’s necessary for improvement.
I’m very certain that years ago, a group of people came together and formed a committee to talk purpose, set a budget, and plan the renovation. They hashed out all of the why's, the who's, the what’s, and they filed all the proper paperwork to put the shift in motion.
I’m betting my bottom dollar that the streets and sidewalks had no clue they were going to get all dug up and turned upside down. No idea they would experience this timely process of renovation. But no matter how uncomfortable it might be, I’m sure at the end of the day, this beautification process is for the benefit of the cities as a whole. The residents, the businesses, the city’s revenue, the list goes on.
When we experience severe renovation seasons, where stuff is getting torn down in our lives everywhere, we turn it becomes inconvenient, dusty, dirty, and messy. We might not have expected such extreme construction in our lives, and to be honest, we might resent some of it thinking that certain aspects were perfectly fine just the way they were. Things are being broken up, people are being thrown in your life while others are being pulled out, relationships are being revamped, and it might seem like money is sneaking out of your bank account and spending itself on things you have not authorized.
We probably didn’t expect to have to walk away from what we knew and were comfortable with and have to fully trust in the unknown. We didn’t realize that the things that used to work wouldn’t work anymore and we would have to learn a new way of doing things. We didn’t know that the process would be this extensive and dramatic when we gave God that “yes!”
But at the end of the day…we have to remember that the construction process is not without purpose.
One day, God formed a committee with Jesus and the Holy Spirit. They consulted and drew up the blueprint before we were born. They put people in place to help move the vision forward and invested everything God had, including His Son, so that we could be perfected in Him!
At the end of the day, this renovation project will benefit the nation. It will benefit the communities that we are connected to, and most importantly it will benefit the Kingdom of God. When people see the finished project and even the process, they will give praise and glory to the Creator. They will recognize the God we are learning to love and serve. And isn’t that the point!?
Your life, your renovation season, your now messy situation, will turn into a message for the nations. Stay steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:58) Do not give up in this season. You will reap if you faint not! And the best part is, the overflow will bless and save many alive!
This season is not forever! Be blessed! Be excited! Be great!
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Melanie N. Lee
I just REALLY love Jesus!!!
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