The other night I had a dream about a Construction site with houses in the process of being built. You know, half done. In the dream, my landlord was frustrated because he had to stop building temporarily. When I walked into this one house, I started to throw soft squishy balls into each room. Don’t ask.
After throwing them, I then found myself mopping the kitchen floor (nice beige-colored tiles) while the Landlord was watching. He was then very pleased that he was able to continue building.
As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.Col 2:6-7
I’m sitting here at my Kitchen table typing on my new laptop; a gift from my Husband. I’m very grateful for it because I’ve been writing all this time using my phone and my eyes are not cooperating as well anymore!
There are times when I wonder if I am getting in the way of God completing the process of growth in me and of those I love. I ask myself why does it seem as though nothing is happening at times. As if all work has stopped. Like everything is just the same every day and nothing is changing or will change. And, that maybe I should just accept that “it is, what it is.”
Then my heart tells me, “Snap out of it, Jackie, God has done great and mighty things in your life and is still working!” And, I do believe this with all my heart.
God is always working behind the scenes of our lives. I know this is true for me because He has already answered many of my prayers. Has He done it as soon as I want? No, not very often, but over the years I’ve seen that His answers always come! And, as He answers, I thank Him every time that “His way was better.”
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.Isaiah 55:8 NKJV
What does the Construction site of your life look like? Is it plywood and nails on the ground without even a beam up yet? Is it half done? Has it been like that for years? Or, is it almost done, still waiting for a door to open?
Whatever stage of our walk we are in, we must allow God to clean up the rooms in our hearts, daily, or we will always stay where we are.
Our hearts are full of many rooms. Some are bright and shiny. These are the ones we like to share with others; the ones we are proud of! The ones we invite people in, even God. The truth is that we laugh and enjoy sharing our accomplishments with others, which is not a bad thing.
Then, there are the “other rooms” in our hearts. Rooms full of doubts, fears, insecurities, unbelief, and addictions/struggles.
Most people generally like to see the bright and shiny rooms. They do not enjoy seeing these “other rooms.” These rooms are for the “Landlord” to clean up.
Jesus is our LandLord, so to speak. He is the only one who can and wants to go into these rooms and “clean” out the enemies of our souls (old and painful things) so that we can become vessels for Him to live in and work through. He dislikes these rooms more than we do, but He needs our permission to enter and begin the work that only He can do. We must be willing to let Him in. He will not force His way in. It’s our “choice.”
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.Matthew 11:28 NKJV
I’m pretty sure that anyone who is struggling with an addiction, depression, fear, anxiety, etc., would agree that if they woke up this morning and it was all gone they too would say, “God has done a great thing for me!”
It may seem as though things have slowed down, but it does not mean it has completely stopped. Like in that dream, the landlord was able to continue building after I mopped up the floors.
In the Scriptures, Jesus often had people involved with the work and the building of their miracles. Here are just two examples:
Water to wine
Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8. And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it. John 2:7-8
The blind man healed
He answered and said, “A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and I received sight.” John 9:11
There are many other miracles in the Scriptures that Jesus performed to show us that He is God and that He knows exactly what is going on in our hearts. We have to trust Him to do the work, the building of our faith, His way!
Some of Christ’s followers have suffered greatly. Yet, they go on to encourage others. They have joy and peace even in the midst of walking through the valley of the shadow of death. How? Because with God, there is a peace that surpasses all understanding. He’s not just a fleeting hope. He is the anchor who holds us together. He genuinely loves us, comforts us, and directs our path, which is leading straight to everlasting joy with Him one day soon!
I pray for eyes to be opened, spiritually. I pray that everyone would see the pure love that Jesus offers, while they still have time. In Him are all the answers to all of our questions. God will show us exactly the way to go. If we are listening.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.Psalms 32:8