Since moving to Chicago, I’ve really enjoyed the neighborhood we moved into. Not too big, but not too small. There’s room to run some miles, get a good bike ride in, etc.
Near the back of the neighborhood is a park that’s easy to run to and run around once there. The past few months, however, it’s been closed for Construction. They are expanding the neighborhood, and doing a lot of work to the park.
It’ll be closed most of the summer. When I ran by it the other day, I thought, “Oh man, what a bummer.”
After thinking about it for more than 2 seconds, however, I realize it may not be as big of a bummer as I first thought. Construction means progress and process. And progress/process usually means growth.
My mind often goes to direct application to my Christian life…
As a Christian, I believe God has saved me, is saving me, and will save me. I decided to follow Jesus in 8th Grade (He saved me). Since then, however, I’ve been in process – under construction – continually being molded and shaped into who God created me to be (He is saving me). One day, when Jesus returns, the redemption story will be complete and we’ll be restored to full wholeness in Christ – completely saved, without sin, sickness or death (He will save me).
It’s the middle “saving” that can be frustrating sometimes. Being under construction is not fun…but just like the neighborhood park, construction means progress and process. And even though there’s delays, setbacks and obstacles…there’s also victories. And ultimately, construction doesn’t last forever. Heaven does.
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.