Have you ever been driving along and suddenly noticed a new construction project? Do you wondering what is going on there?
I admit that building projects catch my attention. I immediately will scan the site to see if I can discover a “coming soon” sign. My curiosity may cause me to strike up a conversation with a family member or friend to see what they know about the happenings. I view the progress that is being made with a great deal of interest each time I pass by.
Isn’t it amazing how much a new or changed building captures our attention. What about the changes in people around us? How quick are we to take notice of what God is doing in the lives around us? Do we pay attention to their “coming soon” signs? Do we expend the energy to find out more? Do we eagerly anticipate the gifts and talents that are under development?
As a woman of faith, I hope that one of my signs reads “Proverbs 31 Woman Coming Soon”. At this point there is probably a “CAUTION HARD HAT NEEDED” sign to go right along with it. I’m still in that messy stage; you know where there are big trucks driving in and around. There is the noise of machinery digging, chipping and moving loads of dirt. There’s piles of old rubble sitting on one side and on the other side the new supplies which will be used to construct the final product.
I am just not there yet, but I am in progress. I do not yet bring my husband good all the days of my life (Proverbs 31:12). Sometimes I am the thorn in his life. I don’t always get up while it is still dark (Proverbs 31:15). Some days the sun is well past up when I start going. I say some really dumb things; faithful instruction is not always on my tongue (Proverbs 31:26). Let’s not even talk about how incompetent I am when it comes to sewing. I don’t think I could even hold the distaff and grasp the spindle (Proverbs 31:19), let alone be productive with them.
I am not a lost cause. I am a work in progress. God, Jesus and the Spirit are the Holy Trinity Construction Co pouring forth their perfect effort into my life. Look at what it says in Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
It’s all part of the progress. I have to admit, I get impatient with the process of progress. I really get frustrated when it has to get worse before it gets better. I am quick to forget that it takes a large amount of time, energy and effort to really see results.
There are times when I feel like God’s got this master blue print and He’s showing it to Jesus, who in his hand is holding a sledge hammer. When they point to a hardened area of my heart, I cringe and cover my eyes. The faithful Holy Spirit counsels me in that moment, giving me revelation about why it’s got to go. I am reassured of this by Romans 8:26-28 out of the Message translation;
“Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.”
There isn’t just one area of my life that is under development. My roles as a spouse, parent, friend, employee, encourager, writer, pray-er, child, sister and even random stranger are all works in progress. The Holy Trinity is not finished with me yet. They are not finished with you either.
Read these words that Paul wrote in 2 Thessalonians 1:3
“We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing”.
Paul is praising God for progress. He is making a clear distinction that there is a process for each of us. Paul continues in verse four, “Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.” Perseverance is definitely something that is needed during construction as there will be many, many trials.
Whatever trial you are facing in the development of your life, your talents and your relationships take heart. You are not alone and there is a good, faithful, powerful and marvelous God working in your life. A God who loves you so much. A God who eagerly anticipates all the good that will pass before you in this life. A God who has the expertise to get you through any crisis or tragedy or trial that you may face.
Remember God has the hands of a perfect craftsman. He “formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7). God “made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man” (Genesis 2:22). God “knit me together in my mother’s womb” (Psalm 139:13).
God made you the precious gift that you are. God loves you with a perfect love that nothing else can match. God cherishes you. God looks to the day with eager anticipation because He has gone before you and knows what’s coming. God is waiting excitedly for us to turn to Him, to share tiny details of our life with Him and to know Him better.
Once we turn to God, He will faithfully overflow our lives with His love so that we may pour it out onto those whose lives are connected to us. May God open our eyes to the work that He is doing all around us. He’s a God who is doing so many good things, we can not even count them all. I hope that we can spend a bit less time looking at man made construction projects and a bit more time looking for God made progress.
It’s all around us. Look at the young man who draws in class, his sign says “coming soon artist extraordinaire”. What about the sign of the young girl playing house, “future mother coming soon five adoptive children.” How about the woman who is too quiet to speak, “passionate writer in development.” Look at the man who lacks confidence, “coming soon bold voice who speaks for the poor”.
God provides miracles of transformation, even in cases that seem too far gone to the world. I know this because I have personally experienced it. At one time what you would have seen was an insecure girl who took the labels the world threw at her and covered her heart in them. My sign would have read, “coming soon unique and beautiful treasure”.
What does your sign say? What signs do you see around you?
Let’s praise God for the work He is doing in us all!
Thank You! From the depths of my heart I sing Your praises. Thank You for all of the construction and remodeling that You have already done for me.
Please continue to work Your goodness into my life. Please help me to welcome You and Your plans for me with open arms. May I be grateful for all that You are doing, even when it hurts. In Jesus name, amen.