For every house has a builder, but the one who built everything is God. Hebrews 3:4 (NLT)
Down the road from my house, in an area where my children used to ride their bikes through the hills on the trails etched there, a new group of homes is being built. Some are ready to be moved into complete with landscaping and fences. Some are completed outside but not inside. Some are just shells or frames. And some are just foundations right now.
The homes are being built by many different contractors. Some are making quick progress with changes every new time I see them. Some are making steady progress with longer periods of time between walls and roofs and brickwork. Some are foundations that have been there for awhile, with no activity going on around them. When I see these homes, I think about all the different families who are praying for a mom or a dad or a loved one to come home to the Lord and home to them.
Just like all the different contractors building these houses, God has His own timetable and His own plan for completion for our families. It may happen quickly – with walls and roofs and landscaping going up in a hurry. Maybe there was a strong foundation to begin with, everyone working together toward the goal of restoration. Maybe situations or circumstances were just right for everything to fall into place quickly. Maybe that was God’s plan for that family.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
With some of the houses, the foundation and framework went up quickly but then the work just sort of stopped. Maybe the contractor needed more workers or maybe they were waiting on materials. But just because the work seemed to have stopped, didn’t mean they weren’t still making progress. It can be like that with the restoration of a family. God doesn’t want us to just settle for good, He wants to give us His best. He is always working behind the scenes, getting better materials, ensuring the work is done right, getting us ready to step into our blessings.
“The Lord your God will soon bring you into the land he swore to give you when he made a vow to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It is a land with large, prosperous cities that you did not build. The houses will be richly stocked with goods you did not produce. You will draw water from cisterns you did not dig, and you will eat from vineyards and olive trees you did not plant. When you have eaten your fill in this land, be careful not to forget the Lord, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt. Deuteronomy 11:10-12 (NLT)
Some of the houses are just holes in the ground or basement walls. These houses are waiting for the foundations to be completed before the real work of building can begin. Building a house or rebuilding a family, takes a good foundation. As you pray with and for your mom or your dad, that good foundation is being built. Each prayer that is prayed is a another brick, firmly set in place by the Lord, as He works with us and for us, building a family and home on His solid rock.
“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock.” Matthew 7:24-25 (NLT)
I am so encouraged each time I drive by this area and see more houses completed or new construction beginning. It tells me that progress is being made. It confirms for me that God is at work in my neighborhood, my city, my country and my world, bringing healing to hurting families, restoring and rebuilding people’s lives.
Kim, a stander in Nebraska
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