Driving on the highways and freeways right now are a constant encounter with orange cones. Traffic moves at a good clip then merges into one lane. It is not just the highways and streets under construction, this is just the reality of life.
Transitions, challenges, and changes come at us. Just when we feel we are moving along at a good clip we seem to encounter the slow and painful call to acceptance having to adapt to something new.
When I was young, like many, I held the ideal in my head that life was a series of successes and arrivals. I envisioned my becoming like a grade card. However, real life seems to be more about finding peace in the midst conflict, learning love amid hardships, reaching out to help and heal others amid my own issues and problems.
We are indeed, always under construction. We can fight it, we can hate it, we can deny the changing nature of life or we can face into with hope that something more than pain is happening in us.
The vision of a labyrinth under construction on our church property is an icon of the “always under construction” nature of lives yet with the strength and love of God with us.
The Letter to the Hebrews encourages the church in the 1st century, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” We are hoping for many things we cannot see yet in our lives and in the world. So much is under construction it is hard to imagine goodness, peace, joy and delight can also be known amid the problems.
God teaches us that the place to find joy is in the present moment, hope is experienced in communion and peace in God is always beyond understanding.
Step out into your life as it is, under construction. You cannot see the future but be assured God is with you on the journey and love is the beginning, middle and end.
With You on the Journey,