by: Lisa Back
My morning drive takes me by the church building. This morning my attention was drawn to the mess that the construction and the rain has made and I decided to pull over. It is amazing to me how what looks like a mess on the outside is so beautiful on the inside, not carpet and paint beautiful, God beautiful.
On the other side of that wall, seven people decided to obey the Lord in baptism.
On the other side of that wall, the glorious Word of God was preached and praises to Him sang.
On the other side of that wall, there was an altar that was overflowing.
On the other side of that wall, we were blessed by wonderful times of fellowship and love.
God is so good. What a blessing to be in His presence! The Spirit of God is so real, so strong, so comforting. I’m still living in the overflow of what happened on the other side of that wall yesterday.
Yet I sit here silently in the rain, praising for the beauty, but looking at the mess. Why am I still looking at the mess?
I think sometimes life outside those walls can feel like this construction zone. Sometimes what we think are our supporting structures fall to rubble. Then some garbage rolls in like a tumbleweed, then the rain comes to drench it all…and it feels like a disaster.
But the answer is right there in the middle of the mess.
This cross is a reminder of the sacrifice of a God that loves us so much that He walks through our disasters with us! The hard truth is sometimes it takes the struggle to realize where our true strength comes from…God and God alone. The church building is under construction, I think we are too. If we can just be still and trust God to handle our renovations, the results are going to be amazing!