The building was old. The paint was peeling in patches from the stucco overlaying the original brick. Upstairs, several boards had given way in the wooden floors, exposing the building’s ribs, and here and there, slow leaks in the roof had stained the ceiling tiles a rusty yellow. We picked our way cautiously through the rooms, kicking up decades of dust that hung like streamers in the rays of the afternoon sun that filtered through the cracked window glass, casting the entire room into a golden glow. We stood, arm in arm, and pondered the enormous task of restoring this big, old building to its former glory. “It’s got potential!” my husband declared. I smiled. My husband, the visionary, the dreamer, sees the potential in everything. And, so, it began. The B.O.B. (our Big Old Building) is now under construction. I doubt that it will be finished in our lifetime. But, what fun we are having as, little by little, we bring a piece of the dream to light.
Isn’t that the way God is with us? God looks at us with eyes full of dreams, and sees not what we are, but what we could be, with a little imagination and a lot of elbow grease. God always sees the potential in us, and works tirelessly to bring that potential into a reality. We are always under construction, and while God will never be finished with us in this lifetime, it is a work of love of which God never seems to tire.
There is one, big difference between us and an inanimate object, like our big, old building. The building has little say in what we do with it, while, with God, we are partners in the process. We get a say in any renovation God might want to make in us.
Lent is the season of the Church year in which we take time to listen as the Spirit reveals God’s vision for us. We take stock of who we are now and who God is calling us to be. We stand, arm in arm, to decide if we will say “Yes!” to what sometimes seems like an enormous task, and decide if we will submit to the chaos that always comes with being under construction. We do this individually and collectively; as a child of God and as a member of Christ’s church. It is both a joyful and a painful process, this introspection. Hard work, and yet, worth the effort.
Come! Spend some prayerful time with your brothers and sisters in Christ at Zion this Lenten season, as we listen together to what God may have in mind, for you personally, and for us as his people. Let God show you his dream for you, because he isn’t finished with any of us yet.
Blessings on your Lenten listenings,
Pastor Barb <><
…what we will be has not yet been revealed. 1 John 3:2