A week ago, I was heading downtown with my daughter and one of her friends, and we got to drive on the newly-opened, almost completed Kellogg. It was amazing! The girls had wide eyes and excitement as we drove on the newly-paved roads. It was nearly impossible to maintain the 40-mph speed limit with the extra space, no stoplights, and open road!
As we were driving along, my daughter’s friend asked, “Remember when this space was just a big hole in the ground?” My daughter responded, “That feels like it was thousands of years ago!”
It seems to me that when we are in the middle of construction, time creeps by, but when construction is completed, time resumes moving at its supersonic speed and we forget the inconveniences of the process.
Well, this past week construction began in full force with our Raising More Hope project. Soon we will have a new Kids Hall and a new Barn. Both of these spaces will provide great opportunities for us to love and welcome in our neighbors as we share with them the love of Jesus!
It’s important to recognize that these projects are just beginning. We are under construction, a work in progress, in a demolition zone, requiring hard hats, reminded of hazards ahead, watching our steps, and following the detour signs!
Generally, construction zones are not places of peace. Construction zones are chaotic, dangerous, and oftentimes unsightly. However, this week when I was talking with Levi, our current Project Manager, he shared that he loves the construction zone and thinks it’s beautiful despite all the chaos going on because he knows we are looking at a work in progress.
Levi’s words reminded me of Paul’s words, “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6). This means that not only is Hope under construction, but so are you and I.
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 that are currently being restored, but be patient with me, because He who began a good work in me will finish what He started.
We are all a work in progress. We are living, breathing, walking construction zones. We are all under construction.
I might not like detours, orange construction cones, or the bumps along the way, but they are signs of progress. As I watch the work going on at our church, I am choosing to be reminded and grateful for the hard and messy work of progress.
Be patient with each other; one day the physical construction will be complete. But, until then, remember that we all in the process of progress – we are living construction zones.