As a child I was happy that my education continued through the weekend through each episode of SchoolHouse Rock! One of my favorites (can you seriously have just one) included, “Conjunction, Junction, what’s your function?” I clung to every word, and I recall the ending, “I’m going to get you there if you’re very careful.” I didn’t quite know what that meant, or rather what it had to do with the lesson that was unfolding. But that’s the beauty of growing. Sometimes the greatest lessons are those that we recall from childhood, as an adult, when we come into the full knowledge of who we are. We learn about ourselves as a result of the challenges we encounter and persist. Yet, admittedly, challenges are inconvenient. Accordingly, its difficult to consider something that is inconvenient as a blessing…
This summer, there is construction in my neighborhood and construction on my job, resulting in conjunction. Everywhere I look, there is equipment, hard hats, noise, dirt and shifting taking place. I am being inconvenienced. I have to leave home earlier to leave my neighborhood, and leave my office earlier to make every meeting on time. Just as I think I have the madness figured out, I’m deployed in a different direction because as you know, construction ultimately means progress and it does not occur in a vacuum. Everything surrounded about the construction is impacted. Funny how it took me all summer to come to the realization that the two events occurring simultaneously are reminding me of the fact that no matter how far I believe I go in my relationship with the Father, I still have work to do, with Him and of course with myself. Just as conjunctions join things together, disturbances in life enable opportunity to join closer with our Creator. It’s all about perspective! When we examine plans for a new building or dwelling, we brim with excitement of the end result – but rarely do we fully ascertain the process that must be adhered to in order to reach the expected end. I have no doubt, and “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you (and me), will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns” (Philippians 1:6).
Yet, continuing his work means that I will be uprooted, transplanted and trampled upon. It will be noisy, involve others who may or may not know Christ, and will require the fruit of the spirit – love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance (Galatians 5:22-23). Even when the plans are impeccably outlined, and the work gets underway, the timetable for completion is dependent upon many factors often out of our control. Delays in the atmosphere, be in natural or spiritual can manifest causing the completion to be pushed back. Yet we can rest in the fact that a delay is not always a denial! Recall that Jacob was blessed after wrestling the the angel God sent in the form of a delay.
The point of it all? Well, only you can answer that through God’s direction. What I know collectively is that we are presented each day with the opportunity to rebuild ourselves to be the men and women God desires us to be (become). When we avail ourselves to God’s construction, we are able to walk out the function He has over our lives, and that in and of itself has the potential to be a blessing to others. Construction can be dangerous. The ultimate foreperson that we must allow “on site” is the Holy Spirit to be comforted and led into all truth. We must be thoughtful of who else we allow on site. Some folks will assist, roll up their sleeves and get to work in partnership with you; others should be detoured, sometimes even to an unknown location not accessible via gps, but only the Word of God. No “and, or but” about it. We will get there if we’re very careful.