Saturday, November 9, 2013

A Time to Tear Down

A time to tear down, 
and a time to build up...
Ecc 3:3

We have a wooded area close to our home that
has had a subdivision notice posted for a long time.
Last month, they began clearing the property.
A bulldozer came in and ripped out every tree
and began leveling out the hilly landscape.
Every time I drove by, I lamented on how 
it was all being destroyed.
How it just looked ugly.
My daughter posted this picture on Instagram
and commented that sometimes 
you have to destroy before you can build.
It's the season many of us are in.
It's taking everything in me to keep that picture up 
and not replace it with something that looks 
less like destruction.
But we are not there yet.

Sometimes you have to allow God time
to break things down and tear them apart.
It is not always because the thing is bad;
it's that God is doing something new.
When God is doing a new thing, 
the old may simply be in the way.

But tearing down doesn't feel contextual.
During the process, it feels raw.
It can feel frightening and confusing.
Because it has always looked this way.
And now the familiar is being taken away.
We have to find a way to process the tearing.
Because tearing down doesn't feel good.

When all the contrasting seasons are listed,
there is no mention of a time to trust 
and a time to doubt and fear.
Whatever season we are in,
it is always a time to trust.
The time for building up will come,
I remind my heart and tell it to 
keep steady and keep trusting 
in His goodness and unfailing love.

Even when I must walk through
the darkest valley,

I will not be afraid,
You are close beside me.

Your rod and your staff reassure me.
Surely Your goodness and unfailing love
will pursue me all the days of my life…

This psalm is His eternal word of hope 
and it is more than enough
to hold us in this season.
Through the tearing down and 
the building up,
He is always good.




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