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Topic: COMMUTE (07/07/16)
- TITLE: Work in Progress
By Lois Farrow
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“It will be great when it is finished,” is my frequent thought, looking forward to the day when the work will be complete and my journey will be unhindered by all this mess.
But I have decided to enjoy the journey and learn from it. Sometimes I car-pool so we can laugh together at the obstacles and play silly games – how many road cones in this stretch today – which makes the time pass more quickly. I also enjoy the days when I travel alone. I can choose inspirational music, chat to God as I go, and enjoy the luxury of having time to think.
The road works on my journey remind me of the Christian life. Often it is messy and progress seems slow. It can be inconvenient. I am impatient for the finished product so I can really get going.
But the work of building a new road takes time, and road signs ask us to be patient. They remind me of a bumper sticker which was around a few years ago – please be patient, God isn’t finished with me yet.
If the foundations for the roads and over-bridges are not done properly the structure will be unsafe. The engineers and planners know the possible future strains on the structure and they plan accordingly. It must be done well.
So with our lives. God knows our future, and he knows how we need to be for the work he has planned for us. He wants us to be useful to him in the building of his kingdom, and he knows the preparation work must be done well. We are impatient to see the finished product, transformed and perfect, instead of diversions and blockages, but God is interested in the construction process as he builds us up as his people.
He can still use us while the work is in progress. As we watch God working in our lives and in the lives of others we marvel when we see dramatic progress. We can also rejoice when we see the small steps accomplished, tiny signs of progress. We know that each step is important in the journey.
We need to be alert for obstacles and hidden hazards as Satan seeks to trip us up. In the meantime we need to enjoy the journey instead of grumbling or criticizing. We can ask God for his view as he can see the finished product, and we trust that he knows what he is doing. His promise reminds us of this in Philippians 1:6; He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion.
As I drive through yet another crazy configuration of orange road cones, I thank God that his master plan is at work in my life, and I too, am a work in progress.
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