my life journal musings from today….
SCRIPTURE: “For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.” Hebrews 3:4
OBSERVATION: God uses people to “build” the house of God’s presence on earth.
APPLICATION: When I read the stories of our faith I can see the obvious purposes of God being carried out over the generations. Moses had his part in leading the people out of slavery; Joseph had his part in feeding the hungry and leading a community; Solomon had his part in building the temple; Lydia had her part in funding radical ministry; Paul had his part in sharing the gospel in other lands. The list goes on and on.
My Lester grandparents had their part too. P.E. and Myrtle Lester were a poor couple raising 9 kids and farming in Western Kentucky. It was a hard life. P.E. brought the gift of faith to the mix. Myrtle brought the gift of unconditional love. What started out as two young, poor but determined people, has grown into over 100 of us now that make up this small part of the “Lester generations”. We are scattered everywhere…building our part of the plan. When we are together we can see the diversity and richness of what God has created with us….what God is building with us. We have all been given the gift of unconditional love. It was not something we earned or gained by skill or even deserved. It was passed onto us by our grandparents as a gift from God.
For my grandparents – it was building a family based on faith and unconditional love, while also caring for the land to make it fruitful for feeding the world. They had no idea how far their part of the “building plan” would reach. We have no idea how far our part of the building plan will reach. My cousins are all busy with their part. When I see them I am reminded that God is designing a house on earth that changes the daily experience of people we encounter. I want to be part of that building plan. What about you? What building plans have you been given?
PRAYER: Lord, thank you for reminding me of how you work. Thank you for showing me this in my family. I am happy to do my part in whatever way you choose. Thank you for involving me at all.
YIELD: I will give attention to the plans of the Lord and be faithful to do my part.