They're building again. If you travel Johnson Hill Road you may have noticed the construction under way. Actually, it isn't really construction. So far, it's mostly destruction, including a deep trench across the road all the way through the neighbor’s property.
They've taken out every tree and removed every blade of grass. There isn't any sign of life. There are deep holes, piles of rock, stacks of pipe, and mud everywhere. It's a real mess.
The truth is you can't tell by looking at it now what it is they're going to build. In fact, many of the workers may not know what the end result will be. They have a certain task that is just a part of the whole. They have excavation to do, pipe to lay, gravel to deliver, but they don’t see the big picture. Even though we may not know what the purpose of all this is, I’m confident that there is someone who knows. I have faith that there is someone coordinating all that chaos toward a constructive goal... the architect.
As I drove by the other day, I saw the work site and I thought to myself that often our lives are a lot like that piece of property. Sometimes things get all torn up. Sometimes people dump things on us and everything gets so messed up that it's difficult to tell what the end result of all the turmoil and change is going to be. In those times you wonder where it's all going to end.
As Christians we are not immune to the struggles of life, but we do have a great advantage over those who don't know the Lord. The advantage we have is that we know the Architect. We have the faith that God is at work in every circumstance of life. Paul wrote, "… in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Rom. 8:28
That isn’t to say that God is responsible for the bad things that happen to you. That is to say that no matter what life brings, whether good or bad, God is at work as the Architect of Life, coordinating everything toward our good. He is so redemptive that he is able to turn our misfortunes into good fortune.
If you are going through one of those times of construction
take heart in the faith that God is at work.
He has a plan for you. We never
know what the end result of our struggles will be, but we can live in
hope. I don't suppose that anyone went
through more difficulties than the apostle Paul. But God gave him a wonderful perspective. While imprisoned he wrote to the Philippian
church, "Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has
happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. Phil. 1:12
We can have that same confidence in our struggles. It isn't necessary for us to know the ultimate outcome of our struggles. It is important that we be encouraged in the faith that our Heavenly Father, the Architect of Life, is in control. He knows what is happening in your life. He knows the ultimate outcome he has planned for you. The scripture says,
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” 1 Cor. 2:9
So if life seems confusing and difficult, if you’re not sure where it’s all going to end up, trust the Architect.