13 December 2006

C.S. Lewis wrote in Mere Christianity, "Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of---throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were going to be made into a decent little cottage; but he is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself."

And Sue Monk Kidd writes in When the Heart Waits, "Transformations come only as we go the long way round, only as we're willing to walk a different, longer, more arduous, more inward, more prayerful route...when you wait, you're deliberately choosing to take the long way, to go eight blocks instead of four, trusting that there is a transformtion discovery lying pooled along the way."

God has issued an invitation to me. A call to wait. He is asking me to abide...to humble accept without complaint or grumbling the 'construction work' that surrounds me. At times I feel it is more that I can endure.

In recent weeks, I have been blessed in my 'construction zone' with a visitor that has filled my cup and made this tough journey bearable. When a friend comes along side you and listens...I don't mind taking the long way round...I don't mind walking eight blocks instead of four...

Proverbs 17:17
A friend is always loyal,
and a brother is born to help in time of need.

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