Thought For The Week 7 October 2018
When I got a call this last Monday at ten to nine saying “The building consent has come through, we’re at St. Stephens, and we’re ready to start”, I was taken rather by surprise. It has been exciting to see the work begin on the remodeling of the foyer that we have looked forward to for over a year, and for some of us, for much longer.
Hammer and nails seem to be about as practical and prosaic as it is possible to be, yet I believe that there are lessons to be learned from this last week that can help to shape our journey of faith.
Lesson One: Life is what happens when we’re busy making other plans. The works committee had expected another week or more before building work was able to begin, and so often in life we expect one thing, but quite a different thing ends up happening. This is as true in our spiritual lives as our practical lives. The lesson: be ready to be interrupted by significant moments.
Lesson Two: God is good in unexpected ways. I am very thankful to those folk who joined in our working bee Saturday last to prepare for the building project. I had been worried that the workers may have been few. I even wondered if we shouldn’t postpone the working bee to a more suitable day. In the end, the timing worked out perfectly, and we were ready just in time. I call these moments “God-incidences”. It would be easy to write this off as a simple coincidence, yet, through the eyes of faith, these God-incidences happen too often to be mere coincidence.
Lesson Three: There is much to be thankful for. Truly we are blessed, and soon we will enjoy a more comfortable building, yet we are blessed in order to be a blessing to others. In your prayers ask God: how can we use the blessing of a renewed building to be a blessing to others in Your name?