Every once in a while, Liz and I like to watch a show called Fixer Upper. The show stars a fun and talented husband and wife team. In every episode, they take a new family around Waco, TX, show them a run-down house, and explain to them how this same house could become their dream home. Most of the time when I watch this show, I see these run-down homes and see no possible way for restoration. Yet, the Fixer Upper team envisions what the end product will look like and then work to bring that vision to reality. That’s when the construction begins!
Generally, construction zones are not places of peace. Construction zones are chaotic, dangerous, and oftentimes unsightly places. However, if you are talking to an Architect or Project Manager, they might say the construction zone is beautiful despite all the chaos going on, because they know they are looking at progress.
During the last Fixer Upper episode I watched, I was reminded of Paul’s words in Philippians 1:6, “Being confident of this, that he who begun a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” This means I am under construction.
There are things taking place within me that should cause me to wear a sign around my neck: “Warning – Construction Zone.” I don’t have it all together, I have walls that need to be torn down, and hazards currently being restored, but be patient with me, because He who began a good work in me will finish what He started.
Contrary to how one might visibly appear, we are all a work in progress. We are living, breathing, walking construction zones. We are all under construction.
This thought has given me a new appreciation for construction, especially with all the road work going on in the city right now. I might not like detours, orange construction cones, and the bumps along the way, but these are signs of progress.Lately, I have been grateful for the hard-messy work of progress.
We are told in 1 John 3:2, “Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.”
Be patient with each other; one day the construction will be complete. But, until then, we are all in the process of progress – we are under construction.