This week’s cross-country move has encouraged me to depend fully on the Lord for guidance in everything. Being new to this town, we had no knowledge of who to call for help to open an apartment that is attached to my daughter’s home. By checking the online Better Business Bureau site, the list of general contractors was narrowed down and the first one called responded. When we met, I discovered that he has been in business for 40 years, is a pastor’s kid, loves the Lord, and has children who serve God.
He listened to our hopes and dreams, recommended some ideas which improved upon our thoughts, and told us that he would check with local building authorities before sending in his “team”. By team, he was referring to electricians, plumbers, building experts who would all evaluate the situation and come together with the best plan for the space we have. Hearing these things brought me to again acknowledge how faithful God is to answer prayers and to guide us when we ask.
Although we do not know electricians, plumbers and carpenters, we can pray that God will send some like the workers found in today’s One Year Bible reading from 2Chr24, the story of King Joash and Jehoiada, the high priest, who were in the process of repairing and restoring the temple. Just reading this story and its timeliness to our situation reminds me that God will be with us every step of this new undertaking.
In that story, the funds were given to the construction supervisor who then hired specific workers for the project: masons, carpenters, and metal workers (v.11-12). “The men in charge of renovations worked hard and made steady progress. They restored the Temple of God to its original design and strengthened it.” (v.13) We are not talking about building a temple, but a home. The timing of this story in my life continues to draw me to the Lord for guidance. Ps.32:8 is a favorite and my verse for the day: “I hear the Lord saying, I will stay close to you, instructing and guiding you along the pathway for your life. I will advise you along the way and lead you forth with my eyes as your guide.
The only way God’s eyes can be my guide is if I am looking to him for guidance. His written word will encourage me only if I read it. Three weeks ago, this passage from 2Chr would not have meant as much as it does today. Thank you, Lord.