Have you ever walked through a house that wasn’t complete yet, only framed with beams? I’m not a person who can visualize the finished product. As we were walking thorough a friend’s house once, he was pointing to each area and informing us what would eventually be each room. He knew every detail of this house. He could envision where all the appliances would be, what the fireplace would look like, and where each of his children’s rooms would be. He knew what purpose each wooden beam served because this was HIS house. In his mind’s eye, his house was complete and finished. To me, it looked like a maze of wooden beams.
Sometimes that’s how I feel about life. It’s a maze of wooden beams. I can’t envision the finished product, I can’t understand the purpose of some of the wooden beams. But God can. God is the Ultimate Carpenter and He knows FULLY why each beam of our life exists and what HIS purpose is for it, because we are HIS. Every beam in our “house” has a purpose; every event, every hurt, every blessing, every person God brings into our life, everything has a purpose. We may not know what that purpose is this side of heaven, and I think that’s the hard part. One example of this is how this blog came to be. God had been adding beams for this to happen for years. The class I took on digital media, my journaling for the past 5 years, encouragement from others, they were all beams. Finally, when God knew I was ready, He nudged me by giving me the name, Devotions of Grace.
But we have to be open to allowing God to work on our “house”. God WILL use every beam in our house for His purpose and we can bring glory to Him. “And we know with great confidence that God who is deeply concerned about us causes all things to work together as a plan for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose” (Romans 8:28 AMP). I love Isaiah 61:1-3, where it says that God will comfort those who mourn and trade their ashes for beauty and their mourning for joy. We cannot hold on to bitterness because of some “beams” in our “house” and allow that to take root in our hearts. Job cried out, “I loathe my very life; therefore I will give free rein to my complaint and speak out in the bitterness of my soul” (Job 10:1 NIV). Bitterness can grow like weeds in our heart. It will spread along the foundation of our “house” and creep up every beam. It will choke out joy and cover the construction site. And when people see our “house”, all they will see is an abandoned site covered in weeds. “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander” (Ephesians 4: 31 NIV).
Allow God into the construction site. He is the Master Gardner and can handle the “weeds”. He is the Ultimate Carpenter. He can replace any beams that are worn or rotten, unable to support His future plans for the house, and He can finish building. Go to Him, friend, and ask Him to expose any weeds that may be trying to take root. Ask Him to prune them and cultivate a heart of joy and thanksgiving. Ask Him to show you His purpose for your life and be open to His nudges. I want nothing more than to hear, “Well done” when I enter the gates of Heaven. I want to be obedient and open to God’s plan for my life. I’m not perfect by any means, but I think God’s grace fills in the gaps and He can bless our effort if we are sincere in heart. Thank you, friends for reading! Leave a comment, or contact me and share how God is working on your “house”. God bless!