The Author


One more brief note on the road construction near the church, and I think we’ll be through with it (and the road may be, too!).

Earlier this week I saw more activity than normal, so I wandered out to the back parking lot to check the progress. One of the supervisors came over to ask if there were a problem, to which I replied, “No, just looking.” He responded, “Great! Usually when someone comes out, we’ve done something wrong.” I said, “No, just curious. Will you be through soon?”

Then began a litany of woes. So may people involved, so many lines – gas, electrical, sewer – to move, so much rain. Then, he told me that, if they could get the land to dry out, they might be able to give us access to our parking lot sometime next week. Right now, everything is still just too wet. Growing up in West Texas, we always prayed for rain. I’m not sure I know how to pray for dry. But I told him I would give it a shot.

A little while later, I had to be outside again. I noticed that something had changed his mind, and he wasn’t waiting for a dry day. The supervisor had ordered one of his machines to begin scooping up the mud, moving it out of the way until he found dry land. I suppose he will have to go back in with fill dirt to bring it up to level, but I admired the fact that he realized that he could only make progress if he moved some things out of the way.

This construction work has been something of an aggravation, and we’re not through with it yet. But in the midst of it all I have been reminded of some truths. Sometimes in life, the only way forward is to remove some of the past. The going can get rough, roadblocks come, and delays are inevitable. We collect some mud along the way, and sometimes there’s nothing other to do than move it. But, if we will persevere, the results will be worth all the work. Paul said it this way in Philippians 3:12, “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” Or as the writer of Hebrews said of Jesus in chapter 12:2, “...for the joy set before him endured the cross...” Good is coming. You watch. You’ll see.