The voice was calling to him from the cornfields of Iowa … “if you build it, he will come.” That line worked well for Kevin Costner on the big screen in Field of Dreams. However, there aren’t any cornfields in Pittsburg. Let me explain.
We’ve had three major building projects during our marriage. We added 700 square foot to our house in Duncanville, we completely remodeled anther house in Duncanville, and now we’re converting a barn/shed into a family space (hubby actually calls it a man cave). With each project, hubby told me “if we build it, we’re building it for the family to enjoy.” That has a good ring to it, don’t you think?
Then the stress of the mess sets in. The guys love it … the girls not so much. “Where is my skillsaw? How am I supposed to keep this place clean? Will this ever be finished?” Finally, I banish myself from the chaos, take a deep breath, and step back to find why we’re undergoing this kind of project in this stage in our lives.
It doesn’t matter what type of construction it is – new or remodeling, every project requires vision, planning, investment and time. To build effectively, you must first have a vision of what is to be built, prepare plans for building it, make the necessary investment of resources, and then patiently stay the course until completion.
God is a Master Builder. He talks about His projects throughout Scripture. He constructed the world; He told Noah how to build the ark; He told Moses to build a tabernacle of worship for the Israelites to use in the wilderness; He assigned Solomon the task of building the first temple in Jerusalem; He released the Jews from Babylon to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the destroyed temple; He called Nehemiah to restore the ruined walls of Jerusalem; Jesus was the builder of the church.
It’s easy for me to lose sight on why we’re going to all this effort in this building project, so I’ve started saying that God is the Builder and we’re just His helpers. Proper perspective is critical!
Proverbs 24:3 “By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established.”